Leon Haslam says he going 'all-out' for two wins in front of his home crowd after qualifying in fifth position for the Silverstone round of the World Superbike Championship.
The Suzuki Alstare rider needs two strong results this weekend if he is to have any chance of keeping his increasingly slim title hopes alive, but he gave himself a good chance by edging ahead of Max Biaggi in qualifying.
Suggesting he could have been on the front row had he not been caught up behind Ruben Xaus on a flying, but slower, qualifying lap, Haslam claims he is more satisfied with the Pirelli tyres this weekend and is confident he can challenge for wins or podiums from fifth on the grid.
“If I hadn't have been held up on my quick lap in final Superpole, I think I would've been on the front row of the grid. I think it was Ruben Xaus in the way, but that's how it goes sometimes. Fifth is not so bad because I am directly behind Cal on pole and, as long as I make two good starts, I feel I can be in contention tomorrow.
“I'm pretty happy with the bike set-up, but I'm always looking for improvements and we'll just try a few tweaks in the warm-up tomorrow morning.
“I feel fairly well dialled in with the track now and much happier with the tyres than I was in the last round in Brno. My aim is to make two good starts and go all-out for a pair of wins or podiums. Hopefully Max will be somewhere behind - preferably with a few people between me and him!”