SBK, Haslam: "My main aim was the podium"

A fantastic second place for the Brit, a wildcard with the Puccetti Kawasaki: "now I'm thinking about tomorrow's race. My future? I'll decide in the coming months"

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Leon Haslam came to Donington Park with the intention of doing well and he did just that - the British rider lives just a few miles from the English track and organises riding courses there together with his father.

And it's in terms of the riding that Leon, currently competing in the  BSB with a ZX10RR that doesn't have any electronic aids, made the difference, able to reach the podium and gift team Puccetti its best ever SBK result: “I'm very pleased because my aim was top five - reveals Leon- but then, lap after lap, I changed my mind…”

So what was your real goal?

I wanted to race to reach the podium, and I did that. I have to be honest, the crashes for Davies and Rea helped me but, as we know, that's racing and I took advantage of that. I'm really pleased because this is truly my home race, I live nearby. This podium is a great gift for both me and team manager Manuel”.

You've been riding SBK Puccetti Ninja, different from your bike in the British series. How's it been?

“This Kawasaki is fast. The Ninja has a great base and the set-up we went with proved perfect. I'm only missing a little engine performance, in acceleration, but that's normal, as this is a private team debuting in Superbike. I'm focusing on race two for now and will decide on my racing future in the coming months”.

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Translated by Heather Watson

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