Leon Haslam says his focus is firmly on retaining the World Superbike Championship lead this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park.
A win and third place last time out at Kyalami allowed Haslam to extend his advantage over Max Biaggi to 15 points heading into the American event, where the Suzuki Alstare rider will hope for better luck than last year – where he managed tenth in race one before retiring from race two.
While he admits that Miller is an easier circuit to ride than Kyalami, Haslam was quick to point out that the altitude of the Salt Lake City venue will make it vital to get up to speed quickly with the Briton keen to take a solid lead into the near month-long break between the American race and the return to Europe at Misano in late June.
“Kyalami was a tough one and I'm looking forward to Miller because it is an easier circuit to deal with,” Haslam said. “Having said that, the altitude will make our bikes feel slow and we need to get them dialled in as soon as we can for the track and then push hard.
“Last year Miller was not such a good event for me, so I am really looking forward to showing what I and the Suzuki can do and hopefully get another couple of podiums.
“Max is a threat and I want to make sure I either beat him or at least leave USA still in the championship lead. May is a busy month for us, with three races on three different continents, so it will be good to end it on top of the standings (with a good lead maybe?) and have a good break before the next round.”
Race day at Miller will create WSBK history, with the races taking place on a Monday for the first time to coincide with Memorial Day in the USA.