Tuesday, August 26, 2008

BSB: Haslam Has em Both at Cadwell

Leon Haslam carried on his run of form to take a double victory at Cadwell Park in the British Superbike championship.

Race 1
With the narrow Cadwell circuit requiring a MotoGP-style 3 by 3 grid, Tom Sykes started from pole position in front of Cal Crutchlow and Shane Byrne, with Leon Haslam relegated to the 2nd row. Sykes led into the first corner on his Rizla Suzuki, while Haslam's HM Plant Honda made a lightning start to slot in behind the young Yorkshireman. Cal Crutchlow headed the following pack, but soon slipped behind the two leaders as he suffered from tyre problems. Unfortunately, Karl Harris chucked his Yamaha at the hay bales again a few laps into the race, sustaining a painful, and painfully gross, injury to the little finger on his left hand.

Haslam is always quick around the scenic-but-dodgy Cadwell track, having several wins to his name, and he was glued to Sykes's rear wheel. Just after half distance, Sykes removed a tear-off from his visor on Park Straight, and that tiny distraction was all that Haslam needed to nip in front at Park Bend. With the two leaders still locked together, Haslam's team mate Crutchlow was struggling with his tyre issues and started to drop back. Both Airwaves Ducatis of Shakey Byrne and Leon Camier passed the ailing Honda, but Cal managed to keep Michael Rutter's NW200 Ducati behind him and hold 5th place to the line...

Read the rest of my review of Leon Haslam's Cadwell Park double at Motorbikesport.

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