Leon Haslam returns to Donington Park for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship keen to put on a good show for his British fans as well as put disappointing run of form behind him.
Retirements in three of the last eight races have seen Haslam slip slightly to sixth in the overall standings, the Briton blaming the fact he has been racing at new circuits for his recent patchy form.
By contrast, Donington Park is very familiar to Haslam, who raced in the British Superbike Championship for four years between 2005 and 2008, while he was also in contention for a podium finish at World Superbike level last season whilst performing as a wild-card for HM Plant Honda.
With the prospect of a large British crowd set to cheer on the seven home-grown riders who will compete at Donington Park, Haslam is keen to fly the flag for Stiggy Honda.
“I know Donington well and I was running second there last year as a wild card before being taken out, so we know our pace is good there. The last four rounds have been tough for me because they have been held on some circuits that I have never been to before, and that just added to us not having been on top of a few issues as well.
“I've had three no finishes in those four rounds. There should be a big crowd at Donington and it will be their only chance to see us at a British race this year as well.”