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Haslam targets victory from fifth

The title chaser is confident of challenging for victory from the second row of the grid at Silverstone.
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!”



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Wolfy35

July 31, 2010 11:15 PM

Check out Leon's qualifying time. Not for the first time this season Leon on a customer GSX-R has lapped a track faster than either of the works MGP GSV-R riders could manage Personally I think Suzuki is shooting its self in the foot not supporting what is obviously their best chance for a championship

Locks46+91+38&2

July 31, 2010 9:06 PM

@ Dannyboy Hi ! The updates Leon got were not from Suzuki they were components the team had produced themselves.Suzuki have basically turned their back on them.Unfortunately since they updated Pirelli have introduced new tyres that seem to have affected all the teams but Leon seems to have come off the worst.I have a theory on that but i am not going to stick my neck out on it. Yeah i know .But its just my thoughts.



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