Pata Honda’s Leon Haslam has cited electronics issues as the reason he didn't progress into Superpole two, and will now start tomorrow’s World Superbike races from the fifth row of the grid in Moscow.
The rider, who is still recovering from a broken leg, was feeling confident going into this weekend, but is now left feeling frustrated after failing to get on the front two rows after ending the afternoon thirteenth fastest.
“I felt pretty confident going into Superpole but we had an electronics problem which kind of determined the result for us really, and that was that. I was fourth quickest in the wet qualifying session this morning and we made good progress with the setting there, so I was happy with that,” said Haslam.
“In the intermediate conditions for free practice we only got a couple of laps, so that was a bit of a wasted session. But on every Superpole lap I had the electronics problem and I was nowhere near where I should have been on the time. Even then, I only missed out on Superpole two by a tenth.
“We haven’t really done many longer runs in the dry and we have to sort this problem, so it’s difficult to say how tomorrow will go. But I’m sure we can have a good go at it.”