Leon Haslam has hinted there is still plenty more to come from his BMW package after scoring a podium finish on his debut with the manufacturer at Phillip Island.
The Briton has battled set-up issues in the run up to the season opener, but having made a breakthrough prior to Superpole to start both races on the front row, Haslam went on to translate it into good race pace.
Digging deep in race one to fight back against Marco Melandri and snatch third position in time for the chequered flag, Haslam was thrilled to be claiming only BMW's third podium finish at WSBK level on his maiden outing.
Even so, the 2010 runner-up admits there remains issues with the bike that need addressing before he can begin to consider himself a regular podium threat.
“As a team we have made huge steps forward from two weeks ago,” said Haslam, who followed up his podium with a run to fifth in race two. “We still have some issues that need looking at in more detail to ensure we can become regular podium finishers, but on the whole we can be happy with the two races.
“The first race was great; we encountered some issues in race two but still managed to finish in the top five so we are definitely happy. A huge credit to the team for their efforts this weekend but we now have to sit down and detail how we plan to make that next step forward.”
Haslam, who will now focus for his home event at Donington Park next, is tied with Melandri for third position in the standings after the first round.