Smalley racer Leon Haslam secured another pair of top ten finishes when the World Superbikes Championship visited Assen in the Netherlands for round three.
The first outing was dry, despite forecast rain, but the race ended five laps early when oil was dropped on the circuit, with Haslam, 30, taking eighth place at the flag for his team Pata Honda. The rain eventually arrived for race two but not before the race was declared ‘dry’ and started under threatening skies.
The first attempt was delayed after the end of the warm-up lap when the rain finally fell in earnest. While some riders lined up on the grid, others, including Haslam, entered the pits to switch from slick tyres to full wets.
The second attempt to start the race was stopped after just three laps when the rain became torrential and red flags were waved. A long wait followed for track conditions to improve, with a shortened 10-lap race finally starting two hours behind schedule. Haslam finished fifth in that race.
He explained: “Race one was a bit frustrating really because I felt we could have been easily fifth from where we were. The pace wasn’t that mega but we had a lot of issues again this weekend. It wasn’t right in race one but I think fifth was still possible. In the first part of race two, I was already up to fifth when they stopped it. The pace was pretty good but starting from where we were on the grid didn’t help either.”
Round four takes place this weekend in Monza, Italy.