Monday, June 20, 2011

Aragon WSBK: Superpole gamble costs Haslam

Haslam only had one good run in the first Superpole

By David Miller
Image by Paul Sturman

BMW’s Leon Haslam took a gamble on staying in the garage after his initial run in the first World Superbike Superpole session at Motorland Aragon but it didn’t pay off as he and team-mate Troy Corser find themselves on row four tomorrow.

Haslam elected to not to go out for another lap but other teams put their riders on qualifying tyres, so the Derbyshire man could do nothing but watch as he slipped back to 14th place, and into another hard and scrappy race day prospect.

“We posted a good time in Superpole one on race tyres and decided to stay in the garage. Along with the guys, I thought we were safe and planned to save the qualifying tyres for the remaining two sessions. Sadly the gamble didn?t pay off,” said Haslam.

“A lot of the other guys put a qualifying tyre on for their second run in SP1, and that pushed us down from fourth to outside the top 12. It?s a shame because I felt we had good pace, and the qualifying tyre seemed to be giving the other guys an extra second, so I think we could have done the same.”

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