Haslam searching for Dutch delight

Brno (CZE) 09 July 2011. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. BMW Motorrad Motorsport Rider Leon Haslam. This image is copyright free for editorial use � BMW AG (07/2011).

Brno (CZE) 09 July 2011. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. BMW Motorrad Motorsport Rider Leon Haslam. This image is copyright free for editorial use � BMW AG (07/2011).

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SMALLEY’S Leon Haslam is aiming for success in Sunday’s third round of the World Superbike Championship at the historic Assen circuit in the north of Holland.

BMW’s Haslam has taken three podium finishes from the last three years at Assen and is hoping to continue that run this weekend.

“Assen is a great track and one of my favourites,”� said Haslam. �”It’s a fast and flowing circuit and there’s always a lot of British fans at Assen so it provides a great atmosphere.”

After the opening two rounds in Australia and Italy the S1000RR rider is fourth in the World Championship and arrives in Holland on the back of two podium finishes after taking third place in both races at Imola three weeks ago.

“�The Imola round was good for results but it was also very good for the consistent performance we found with the machine and Pirelli tyres throughout the weekend,” continued Haslam. �”I’m really pleased with the way the team is working this year and I’d like to think our hard work will let us challenge for race wins soon and the world title.”

Haslam tested at Mugello in Italy on Tuesday and believes the BMW machine continues to improve as he looks to give the German manufacturer a first win.

He concluded: “We are getting closer and closer to that first victory and if I get a chance to win I’ll be taking it. At Imola I was only three seconds away from the victory so it’s all very positive.”