SMALLEY racer Leon Haslam is aiming to wipe out the memories of last year’s American round when he chases victories in Monday’s fifth round of the World Superbike Championship at the Miller Motorsport Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.
Although he finished second in the opening race last year he crashed out of race two, handing the lead of the World Championship to eventual winner Max Biaggi for the first time in 2010.
Haslam arrives at the USA round in confident mood after a two-day test at the Misano circuit in Italy and with further improvements to his BMW S1000RR machine.
“The machine is definitely improving,� admitted Haslam. �”The effort that the team and BMW is putting in is fantastic and but for the crazy first corner crash at Monza in the last round we’d be looking a lot better in terms of Championship standings.�
He continued: “Miller was a bit of a nightmare last year but it’s a circuit that I like and I remember Troy Corser having the pace on the BMW there last year so I’m pretty confident I can challenge at the front in Monday’s races.”
Haslam is sixth in the World Championship, one point behind Ulsterman Eugene Laverty and five points adrift of another Northern Ireland rider, Jonathan Rea, heading into the �Memorial Weekend� action at Miller.