WSB: Haslam: ‘I have to adjust to the bicycle, not adjust the bicycle to me’

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2018 Bennetts British Superbike champion Leon Haslam put in the current week’s Jerez test acclimating himself with the World Superbike-spec Kawasaki ZX-10RR he’ll ride close by Jonathan Rea one year from now.

Haslam completed the test third fastest, only a second off his partner, as he keeps on adjusting to the machine, riding with full hardware out of the blue since his WSB special case at Donington in May.

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Attempting to figure out how to ride the bicycle with gadgets, instead of his BSB machine which has no rider helps, for example, footing control and hostile to wheelie, has been the concentration for the 35-year-old as opposed to refining set-up.

“I have to adjust to the bicycle and not the bicycle to me,” Haslam said. “This is a triumphant bicycle so it’s dependent upon me to make it work. We’ll get it where I require it however it’ll require investment to comprehend the bicycle.

“It’s fundamentally a Catch 22 at the moment since we could adjust the bicycle for my style yet I’m riding it off-base. I have to ride it accurately.

“The input from the bicycle doesn’t disclose to me what I have to do in light of the fact that I’m path quicker than Johnny on the section yet it doesn’t help with a laptime. How Johnny brakes and enters the turn is preferable for this bicycle over my style at the moment. Tom’s style was very surprising to Johnny and mine is somewhere between their two styles so I need to attempt and adjust the best of the two styles since Tom was quicker than Johnny in specific zones.

“We’ve not changed a spring or a tick since Aragon, we’ve abandoned it for what it’s worth. We have been playing around with weight offset similarly as with me being a 60 odd kilo rider is a major factor and my situating on the bicycle is having a major effect. We’ve endeavored to move front and back position, playing absolutely with weight balance as opposed to set-up. We have to comprehend where the equalization should be and after that joining that with how I’m riding.”

 

Reference:
https://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/world-superbikes/2018/november/wsb-haslam-i-need-to-adapt-to-the-bike-not-adapt-the-bike-to-me/

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