LEON MAINTAINS HIS PODIUM AT EVERY ROUND
Despite problems throughout the weekend and in the the first race, Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam maintained his impressive runs of at least a podium in every round at Misano today. He struggled with clutch/electronics problems in race one, but carried on fighting hard and took eighth place. The team came up with some ideas to improve the bike for race two and fortunately they worked! This time Leon was able to compete as normal and battled from seventh on the grid up to a superb second place and his eleventh podium of the season. Leon's team mate Sylvain had his best result of the year, since the opening round in Australia back in February. He took fifth in race one and sixth in race two. Local favourite Max Biaggi (Aprilia) won both races. In race one, he narrowly beat Carlos Checa (Ducati) with Troy Corser (BMW) third, but race two was much more comfortable. He took his second chequered flag of the day, over four seconds ahead of Leon, with Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) third.
Leon - Race 1: 8th, Race 2: 2nd
After the issues we've had this weekend (to do with the clutch and electronics) I thought that 8th in race one was probably the best we'd get this weekend. But, all credit to the team because they went back to a setting that we used in USA and South Africa and the bike was much better in the second race. Race two felt like normal and the bike felt a million times better than race one, but I've got so many blisters on my hands because I was trying so hard. I took a lap or two too long to pass Troy (Corser) and Michel (Fabrizio) in the second race and by then Max was too far ahead to catch. Max is riding well and the Aprilia is currently the package to beat, but I'm confident that, as long as we all work hard, we can beat him. We do all our own development work and it's because of all the hard work, that we are competitive. If Suzuki Japan wanted to give us some more help, it would be much appreciated and it would be a great benefit to us all. In the meantime, I'm going to keeping fighting for more and podiums. That was my aim before the season began, and it's still the same now.
Sylvain - Race 1: 5th, Race 2: 6th
Well this has been a pretty good weekend for me and I feel I am now becoming a better Superbike rider. This championship is so competitive that you have to be right on your game in every practice, qualifying and race and it's not something that comes easily - it requires a lot of work, from me and the team. That's not say that we have not been working hard up to now, because we have been working hard. It's just that WSBK is different to BSB and I have to work in a different way. Today, I had a better feeling with the bike in race one, but funnily enough my lap times were better in race two! The good news though, is that today I had the podium pace and I really enjoyed my racing. Now, I just need to keep this feeling up and be even more competitive next time. Next up is Brno. It is a track I know and like a lot, so I am expecting a lot.