Leon Haslam is refusing to call time on his 2010 World Superbike title challenge despite losing significant ground to Max Biaggi
last time out at Misano.
The Suzuki Alstare rider led for the entirety of the season's first-half, but conceded his advantage at Miller Motorsports Park before Biaggi pulled clear at Misano with another two victories.
Now 37 points behind the Aprilia rider, although Haslam admits the momentum is certainly with the Italian as they head to the next round at Brno, he is hopeful he can claw back some of the ground.
“I like Brno circuit because it has a bit of everything really. There are a lot of ups and downs and it is a challenging track to ride and one that requires a good bike set-up.
“Max is obviously the rider to beat at the moment because he and his bike are working really well together. But, I'm going to fight all the way this weekend and hopefully claw back some of the points.
“It has been very hectic recently because after the San Marino race, we had a two day test in Imola and then the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Unfortunately I had a couple of get-offs at Imola and bashed a delicate area of my body, but it will not affect me on the bike.
“I'm fit and ready to battle Brno and Max and want to start my summer holiday with some more podiums.”
His team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, meanwhile, is pleased to be heading to a familiar venue through his time grand prix racing as the Frenchman looks to build on a strong weekend at Misano.
“Fortunately I have been to Brno before, so at least I will not have to start the weekend wondering which way the track goes! It's a good track and I enjoy racing there and am hoping to be on the pace right from the of practice and be in a good position come race day.
“Recently, I feel I have begun to have a better understanding of what World Superbikes is all about and how strong you have to be right from the first moments of day one.
“This is a tough old series and very competitive, so you really cannot hang about at all. The racing is hard and a real battle and I like that a lot. After Brno, we have quite a break, so my goal is to get two very good results this weekend and then enjoy my holiday.