LEON HASLAM took fifth and ninth place finishes in Sunday’s two races of round 10 of the World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Having qualified in seventh place, Haslam was seventh heading into the first corner of the opening 20-lap race before progressing to fifth then running off the circuit.
He lost 10 seconds then returned to the action in 14th place and made his way back through to fifth place on the last lap �eventually finishing just 9.7s behind the race winner.
“I just caught a false neutral and ran wide,”� said Haslam. �”I really thought a podium finish was possible in that first race so, overall, I was disappointed.”
In the second race, held in wet conditions, Haslam was again on the charge, making it into fifth position and with a podium finish looking likely.
But a third lap crash left him in 22nd place and the BMW S1000RR-mounted Derbyshire rider battled through to an eventual ninth place finish in a race cut short by seven laps due to the torrential rain.
�”I felt comfortable in the wet morning warm-up session and was fastest then so I thought the win could be on the cards,”� explained Haslam. �
“Then I hit a white line which isn’t clever in the wet!
�Once I was down in 22nd place I knew I had to just fight for as many points as possible. I was in seventh when the red flags went out to stop the race but they took the final result from the previous, complete lap when I was in ninth.�”
Haslam continues to hold fifth place in the World Championship with three of the 13 rounds remaining.
World Superbike Championship, round 10, Nurburgring, Germany:
Race results; Race one: (20 laps � 102.740km/63.802 miles): 1 Carlos Checa, Spain (Ducati) 38m 59.779s � 158.076kmh/98.165mph, 2 Marco Melandri, Italy (Yamaha) +1.855s, 3 Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Aprilia) +2.322s, 4 Eugene Laverty, GB (Yamaha) +7.789s, 5 Leon Haslam, GB (BMW) +9.727s, 6 Sylvain Guintoli, France (Ducati) +10.113s, 7 Joan Lascorz, Spain (Kawasaki) +17.226s, 8 Leon Camier, GB (Aprilia) +17.228s, 9 Ayrton Badovini, Italy (BMW) +18.166s, 10 Jonathan Rea, GB (Honda) +19.457s.
Race two (13 laps � 66.781km/41.471 miles): 1 Tom Sykes, GB (Kawasaki) 29m 49.337s � 134.358kmh/83.436mph, 2 Sylvain Guintoli, France (Ducati) +4.063s, 3 Jakub Smrz, Czech Rep. (Ducati) +22.759s, 4 Jonathan Rea, GB (Honda) +28.497s, 5 Eugene Laverty, GB (Yamaha) +38.374s, 6 Marco Melandri, Italy (Yamaha) +45.326s, 7 Ayrton Badovini, Italy (BMW) +47.030s, 8 Carlos Checa, Spain (Ducati) +50.032s, 9 Leon Haslam, GB (BMW) +53.586s, 10 Maxime Berger, France (Ducati) +55.261s.
World Championship points after 10 of 13 rounds: 1 Checa 376, 2 Melandri 302, 3 Biaggi 281, 4 Laverty 232, 5 Haslam 176, 6 Camier 154, 7 Fabrizio 141, 8 Guintoli 139, 9 Badovini 134, 10 Haga 115.
Manufacturers points: 1 Ducati 400, 2 Yamaha 351, 3 Aprilia 336, 4 BMW 214, 5 Kawasaki 171, 6 Suzuki 158, 7 Honda 132.
Next round: Imola, Italy � September 23-25 2011.