Haslam endures tough weekend at Italian circuit

Smalley rider Leon Haslam had an eventful day in the seventh round of the World Superbike Championships at Misano in Italy.

Haslam finished tenth in race one after an electronics glitch just three laps from the end.

The 30-year-old then crashed on the last corner of the 4.226km circuit in race two but minimal damage to his CBR1000RR Fireblade SP allowed him to re-mount and take 12th place at the flag.

With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees and the track in the mid-40s, the two races were won by Tom Sykes with Haslam’s Pata Honda team-mate Jonathan Rea taking seventh and fifth positions respectively.

Haslam said: “I got a bad start in race one and got stuck for a couple of laps before working my way up. By then, I was about four seconds off the group in front, which included Johnny (Rea) and I felt like I was holding my own.

“I had a few little issues but then, with three laps to go, the ECU seemed to just cut-out. I pulled off the track, re-booted it using the kill-switch and managed to get going again to finish tenth.

“In race two my start was better but I had a bit of a yo-yo race, losing time in some corners and making it up again in others.

“I was right on the group that went up to fifth but then had another issue that led to the crash.

“We need to assess what that problem was and go from there. I think we’ve made some progress this weekend and I was able to do some better lap times in the races but there’s more work to do before Portimao.”

Haslam now sits tenth overall in the championship with 99 points.

The next action will take place at Portimao in Portugal over the weekend of July 4-6.