Haslam edges home to take win in Australia

Leon Haslam leads the way into a corner at Philip Island.
Leon Haslam leads the way into a corner at Philip Island.
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Smalley racer Leon Haslam took a dramatic victory on the line at the second race in the Swann Insurance Australian Round at Phillip Island.

Having taken second spot in race one, the thrilling finale saw Aprilia Racing’s Red Devils rider Haslam edging out race one winner Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) for the victory at the finish line by just 0.010.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a better drive out of the last turn and managed to get on the outside of Rea, eventually prevailing over his rival by the smallest margin. The two former team-mates are now tied at the top of the standings with 45 points apiece.

Haslam said: “I am really happy with the way we operated this weekend and with the team.

“In race one I made a small mistake which cost me the win but I felt I had a lot in reserve to go faster and the tyre was feeling really good.

“In race two van der Mark had a really good pace but he was running too fast and I felt that by running at that pace the tyres might have had worn off a bit more.

“Then, when I made my move, I didn’t feel I had the same reserve as the first race.

“I then made another small mistake and I went from first to third. I had to push very hard in the last two laps and it made it very difficult for me again. In the end we managed to get the win so that’s perfect.”