Britain’s Leon Haslam is working on three or four good options for next year’s World Superbike Championship but it seems that remaining with Pata Honda isn’t one of them.
The team have already promoted new World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark to the blue riband class and Haslam, after two tough years with the ‘sensitive’ Fireblade is keen to move to pastures new.
“I want to be in World Superbike. I’ve had two very bad seasons as far as results go, one because of my injury and this season has been nothing like I know it can be. For sure I’m looking elsewhere because things are not working like I want to, which is I shame because I wanted to be with Honda my entire career,” said Haslam.
“At the same time I have to look for my future, to get back to winning in World Superbike. At the moment I’m happy because I have three or four good options within World Superbike and hopefully very soon I will have a clearer idea about my future for next season.
“I’ve had a tough two years and not got the bike working the way I wanted or got the settings that I want. The Fireblade in standard trim like the one I ride at my dad’s race school or at Suzuka is different than the bike I ride in WSBK.
“I like riding the Honda I just haven’t been able to find the setting to allow me to ride as I want in the two years that I have been with Ten Kate. For me the bike is still good and competitive, I like to ride it but it’s just very, very sensitive.”