PATA Honda’s Leon Haslam is feeling frustrated after a difficult qualifying day at his home round of the World Superbike championship. The Derbyshire man qualified 13th in this afternoon’s superpole session,
|Haslam soldiered on despite the pain
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finding himself knocked out in the very first of the three knock-out stages. Haslam, who broke his leg a month ago at Assen was determined to return to racing for his home round at Donington and ran as high as tenth at one point in the final qualification practice this morning.
Things however weren’t to be as it came into superpole and despite putting in a qualifying tyre to try to elevate himself into the second session it just didn’t work and he found himself just a tenth off going into SP2 and will start from the fifth row of the grid for tomorrow’s two races.
I’m frustrated more than anything.” said Haslam “I can’t do what I want to do on the bike but I was happy to get into Superpole and I just missed out in the first stage by less than a tenth. I went slower on the Q than I did on the race tyre but that’s just the way it goes. I’ve got to wait and see what more we can do to help me out for tomorrow. There are some issue with the bike, as there are every weekend, but a lot of it is me more than the bike and I’m trying to change the bike more to help me than to go faster. I’m getting quite a lot of pain from the bone movement when I put pressure through it and the knee bend is still one of the biggest problems for positioning on the bike. It is getting better but its getting more sore with more irritation but I’ve only got one more day to go!”