SUPER LEON EXTENDS HIS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN KYALAMI. Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam is not only still on top of the world, but in Kyalami today he extended his championship lead over his closest rival to fifteen points. Leon didn't...
SUPER LEON EXTENDS HIS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN KYALAMI.
Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam is not only still on top of the world, but in Kyalami today he extended his championship lead over his closest rival to fifteen points. Leon didn't achieve his third in race one and tremendous win in race two though without a fight. Race two was particularly dramatic and action-packed and was one of the best battles of the season so far. Throughout the race Leon fought tooth and nail with fellow countryman Jonathan Rea (Honda), with Leon taking the lead several times only to get overtaken again. The battle went right down to the wire, with Leon making an audacious passing move one lap from the end.
This time he made it stick and went on to take the chequered flag by half a second. It was Leon's third win and ninth podium podium of the season and one of hardest victories of his career.
Team mate Sylvain Guintoli endured another average day at the office and ended with 10th in race one and 15th in race two. It was the Frenchman's first visit to Kyalami and one that he will not remember with much fondness.
Leon - Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 1st
What an amazing day! The second race was one of the best races I've ever been involved in and definitely one of the hardest. Jonny and I had a real ding-dong and it was bar-to-bar stuff for almost the whole race. I passed him a few times, but he always got me back and the longer the race went on I could feel him working out where I'd pass and how he'd stop me. In the end, I had to pass at a different place and this time I made it stick and held on to the flag.
To win a race like that is quite an emotional thing and I have to give a big thank you to the whole team for all their work this weekend. The bike in the second race was an improvement over race one. We had a few issues in race one, so changed the balance by making a bit lower in the front and higher in the rear. I still had some issues with it, but it was better and allowed me to fight for the win. After the drama of race two, it's hard to remember what happened in race one. I didn't get a good start and had to make up a lot of ground as best I could. I wasn't completely confident in the front end, so could not push hard enough to catch Michel (Fabrizio) and Carlos (Checa), but I was happy to get on the podium. Today was a tough day, but I'm very happy to have extended my championship lead and I'm looking forward to the next round in USA.
Sylvain - Race 1: 10th, Race 2: 15th
Well today should've been a lot better than it turned out and I am very disappointed. The first race was not so bad, except that I lost a lot of time in two particular corners and could could not catch the front guys.
OK, this is new track for me, but I think I should've been able to cope with it better. The second race was a disaster! I had no grip and no feeling in the brakes. I had made a good start, but Sykes touched me and I lost position. Then I started having problems with the brakes. It felt as if they had no power and that's not a good feeling to have when you racing at high speed at a track like this. It's been a weekend to forget and I hope that I will be able to get on the pace at the next race, though it will once again be a new track for me.
-source: suzuki alstare