Leon Haslam's strong start to the 2010 World Superbike season showed no signs of waning during free practice and provisional qualifying for the third round in Spain, the championship leader ending the day fifth fastest.
Surrounded by six Ducatis and one Aprilia, Haslam emerged as the second highest-placed four-cylinder rider in fifth position after a day spent working on the Suzuki Alstare's set-up.
However, despite proving half a second slower than pace setter and provisional pole sitter Carlos Checa, Haslam maintains it was only the Spaniard who was able to lap as fast as him on a consistent basis.
With this in mind, Haslam is confident he knows which direction he needs to go in in order to bring the GSX-R1000 fully up to speed.
“We've got some work to do to make me happy, but it's just the usual stuff really, so nobody is getting worried at this stage. Really only Carlos (Checa) has been consistently faster than me today and the ones who finished ahead of me in qualifying did their times as one-offs, so I am not too concerned.
“Everything has been progressing well today and we didn't have any major problems. This is a fairly unique track and there are quite a few slippery bits that you have to be aware about. The nature of it favours twins, as you can see by the standings today. But, I'm confident that that the fine tweaks we will make tomorrow will improve the bike and let me lap more quickly.”