Leon Haslam put in a good performance during the first day of World Superbike free practice at Kyalami after qualifying a provisional fourth position.
Despite this being Haslam's first visit to the South African circuit since 2004 when he was British Superbike testing, the Stiggy Honda rider was in fine form from the off, shining in both free practice and first qualifying.
Flying solo this weekend in the absence of a team-mate, Haslam would eventually end up on the outside of the provisional front row, much to his delight.
" I had a good session, especially the first free practice went really well. We were playing around with the gearing and different set-ups. This morning I had a few chattering issues, but we made some small improvements and solved the problems. I just really have to focus on trying and finding the right tyre now.
“I've been able to set good lap times on all three tyres, while the guys in front of me could only set their fast laps on the soft tyre. I feel comfortable on both tyres, we'll just have to figure out tomorrow which one will be better over a race distance.
“We still have a few minor changes to make in the suspension, and maybe some changes to the gearing, but overall I am pretty happy with the results so far and feel very confident.”