The 2010 WorldSBK runner-up is hopeful of Pirelli Italian Round success despite mixed memories
Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) is looking forward to getting back into the thick of the action at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit, otherwise known as Imola. Having had a four week break from action, the 2010 WorldSBK runner-up heads to a circuit at which he will look to get back on the podium.
Having had a ‘disappointing’ Motul Dutch Round at the TT Circuit Assen, the “Pocket Rocket” is hoping to return to the front at a circuit which he competed at in WorldSBK in 2018, achieving a best finish of ninth in the opening race.
Speaking ahead of the Pirelli Italian Round, Haslam said: “Imola is going to be a good race because after Assen, it was a disappointment. I felt we had good pace for the podium there but with the front tyre issues we had, we dropped back. To finish where we finished off the podium was not a nice way to go into a long break.”
Haslam has plenty of experience at the Imola circuit, having taken two podiums for BMW in 2012 and competed in a total of 18 races at the legendary Italian venue for a total of six manufacturers.
“We are heading into Imola now and I actually raced there on a Puccetti bike last year with the ELF colours that my dad, Ron, used to run. The pace was OK for a top five although we had some issues in the races. I am quite confident that the bike will work well at Imola and I can probably adapt a little bit faster, having ridden the circuit last year.
“It is a circuit of mixed memories for me. I lost the championship chance in 2010 to Max Biaggi there but I also had some quite good battles with Carlos Checa. I have some up and down memories but I will have to wait and see where the other competition is at. But from my side I am really looking forward to it.”
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