Leon Haslam says unexpected tyre problems kept him on the backfoot at Snetterton while he felt he was denied a shot at the rostrum in race two by the early red flag stoppage.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider has relinquished the MCE British Superbike championship lead to Shane Byrne after missing out on the rostrum for the first time on his comeback to the national series, despite battling at the sharp end in both races at the Norfolk circuit.

Haslam's race pace was ultimately curtailed by tyre wear in race one, which saw him drop from the battle for the lead down to fifth, 14.7s back, and after switching to the harder rear tyre in race two any late race charge was ended by the early red flag for Jenny Timouth's huge crash at the fast left hander Brundles which threw debris and oil on the track.

"It's been a pretty tough weekend. We've had a few problems that we just couldn't seem to get on top of," Haslam said. "In that opening race we opted for the softer tyre but I just didn't have the grip to keep running with the front guys.

"Although we hadn't tried it, we changed to the harder option for race two which stayed consistent and I was actually surprised by the pace we had, but because we hadn't tried it before our settings were just a little out so I couldn't quite run with Shakey and Dan.

"I felt I had the pace to make the podium though and was lining up an attack but unfortunately the red flag stopped that. It's not been our best weekend, but we got points on the board and can look towards Thruxton where our goal will be to keep racking up the podium points."

Haslam has slipped to four points behind Byrne at the top of the BSB standings while falling five podium credits behind the Be Wiser Ducati rider with one eye on the Showdown.

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