Leon happy after Italian job

Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam

Leon Haslam was pleased with his showing during the latest round of the Superbike World Championship in Misano, Italy.

The Smalley rider posted a fifth-placed finish in race one on Saturday.

He was slightly hindered due to a tyre wear issue but overcame the problems in time for race two.

Haslam recovered sufficiently to post a third-placed finish in the second race, finishing just two seconds shy of winner Jonathan Rea.

The results mean Haslam sits third in the overall standings, on 226 points after eight of the 13 rounds.

“All things considered I’m pleased with the two results,” said Haslam.

“A podium in front of Italian fans is always a nice feeling.

“In race one I made a few small mistakes.

“The grip wasn’t the best and even though I felt fast on most of the track, I lost ground at some points.

“Of the two available rear tyre options we went with the one that gave us more confidence even if the second, used by a few rivals, proved to work well in the this morning’s conditions.

“In race two we took a big step forward, especially thanks to the higher temperature where my Aprilia RSV4 RF performs really well.

“It was a shame about the first phases.

“We were all very close and I lost a few precious metres in traffic.

“We were able to grow consistently throughout the weekend, improving precisely those critical points of our package.

“In hotter races like Malaysia and the USA we’ll be able to do well.”

Rea strengthened his grip on the top spot in the standings, after another impressive weekend of results.

The Northern Irishman came second in race one to Tom Sykes, before going one better in the second race.

The results mean Rea tops the standings on 375 points, clear of Sykes who sits in second on 242 ahead of Haslam.

The next race in the calendar is in the United States, for round nine.