Haslam returns to podium in France

LEON HASLAM took his third podium finish of the year as he raced to third and fourth places in Sunday’s two races of the 12th and penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny Cours in France.

Smalley-based Haslam, starting both races from seventh place on the grid on his BMW S1000RR, dropped to ninth in the early stages of the first 23-lap race before fighting through the field to take third place with ten laps to go and finish just 3.2s behind race winner and new World Champion Carols Checa.

A tougher second outing forced Haslam to once more battle through from seventh place at the end of the first lap to eventually slot into fourth place with five laps remaining.

The podium finish adds to Haslam’s third place finishes in Australia in February and in Italy in early May. Haslam remains fifth in the World Championship with just the final round, in Portugal on October 14-16, remaining.

“It was nice to get o the podium again, it’s been a long time since I last stood up there,” said Haslam. “We had a tough weekend really so it’s all credit to the team that I was able to get into the top three in the races.

“Although we’ve focussed on achieving the best results in the last few rounds we’ve also been looking towards 2012 as well and it’s good that we can get as much work as possible done now under race conditions.”