February 24, 2019

Haslam scores double podium finish on World Superbike Championship return

Kawasaki Racing Team's Leon Haslam finished third in the Superpole Race and then third in Race Two in the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia on Sunday.

“It was good to get on two podiums after yesterday’s disappointment of a crash and then finishing 15th. In the 10-lap sprint race today I was a little cautious and I got caught behind the Yamahas, so I settled.

I thought I had a little bit in hand to catch Jonathan (Rea) in the final race. I tried to make my own rhythm for the first four laps. After that I tried to save the rear tyre grip which then created a group of five riders.

It was a nice easy rhythm and I was feeling good with my pace. Johnny and I had some good passes, good battles. My plan was to go away with two laps to go, then he passed me into turn one and I ran a little wide.

At the same time he went 0.4 of a second faster on that lap. I went with him and caught him up on the last lap but I felt like I had been caught out a little bit. To battle with Jonathan in my first race weekend of the year, with his record in this class, I am happy.”

 

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