Leon Haslam says a lack of grip on his Suzuki Alstare is to blame for him being unable to qualify any higher than 14th position at Brno.

The worst qualifying performance by the title contender this season, it is the first time he has missed the shootout for the front two rows on the grid.

Indeed, Haslam will start down on the fourth row of the grid after being unable to solve persistent grip problems from free practice, the Briton admitting he faces a difficult task to get back in contention from that position.

"I am very disappointed with how things went today and I'm not pleased to finish 14th - the first time I've been out of the top eight and my worst result in qualifying this year. Today we had similar problems to yesterday and we didn't manage to solve those problems so that's why we are where we are.

"I'm having a lot of problems with lack of grip - especially on qualifying tyres. My times on race rubber are pretty good, but once I put on the qualifiers we seem to run into trouble.

"My grid position is going to make the races very difficult, but ahead of that we have to solve the problem. We'll have a look at all the data and talk to the telemetry boys and see if there are some pointers.

"Then, we'll have to see if the changes we make in the warm-up improve the bike. It's going to be a very long, hot and difficult day tomorrow, but my aim is to make two good starts and fight as hard as I can."


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