Haslam aiming for wins in Germany

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LEON HASLAM is looking to take a first victory on his BMW in Sunday’s 12th round of the World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Haslam, three times a World Championship race winner, has taken eight podium finishes in his two years with BMW with five of them coming this season and is looking to finally achieve that elusive win at BMW’s home round in Germany.

The German round comes after a disappointing debut event in Russia two weeks ago when the luckless Briton finished sixth after remounting in the first race before being taken out by an out of control Max Biaggi in race two.

“From the result side I was obviously disappointed at Russia,” said Haslam. “They were another two races that could easily have been two podiums but again ended in poor luck and crashes.

“From the physical side, I damaged my left shoulder and my left leg and I felt a bit stiff overall. However, I have been recovering at home and also doing some physio so I should be fully fit for Germany.

“The Nurburgring has always been a good circuit for me. I had a good result there in 2010 when I finished on the podium. Last year it should have been one of the strongest weekends for us at BMW. We had the pace for victory in both races.

“In race one, we had an issue with the machine but still had a very good pace that would have taken us onto the podium while race two was the horrible, rain-dominated affair where I crashed.

“We didn’t achieve the results last year but the machine and myself definitely have great potential at the Nurburgring. I am looking forward to returning there this year. Our goal is always to win and I’ll will try to shake off the bad luck we have had this year and get the win that the team deserves.”