Leon Haslam was slightly disappointed to see his run of pole positions at Cadwell Park come to an end as he lines up in fourth place for the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
The HM Plant Honda rider is considered something of an expert around the Lincolnshire circuit, but while he posed the greatest challenge to Tom Sykes during free practice, his rate of improvement after qualifying was not as prolific.
As such, Haslam starts on the second row of the grid (due to the 3x3 grid layout here), with last year's winner complaining of a few problems with his bike, albeit minor ones.
“Qualifying didn't go quite to plan,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “We only managed to go 0.1sec quicker than yesterday. I was neck and neck with Tom then, but he managed to make the step that I thought I was going to make.
“I had a few problems but nothing major, so I am quite confident if I can get a good start and challenge down into turn one where most of the passing it going to be.”
A circuit that has traditionally favoured the Ducati, particularly compared to the locally-based Honda, Haslam is nonetheless pleased with his bike's performance over the crests and troughs of the challenging circuit.
Indeed, following his first win of the season at Knockhill, Haslam is confident that he is easily capable of challenging for victory in both races.
“The Honda is good here. We haven't done much testing here and this is a circuit where you need to spend some time improving the set-up, but for me it is going well. We are there or thereabouts and although this is the first time I have not been on pole, we are still going to be there.
“It will be a hard race, but I am looking forward to it.”