Leon Haslam is confident he will start the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park from a good grid position after proving a consistent front runner over the course of the day.
The BMW rider – a podium winner for Stiggy Honda on the series' last visit to Donington Park in 2009 – was fourth quickest in FP1 before setting the early pace during Q1.
Though a technical issue would lose him time, Haslam recovered to an eventual sixth position, the Briton stating that he has been focusing on set-up and hinting there is more to come from the S1000RR.
“It has gone well for us,” he said. “The track was a little dirty this morning, which made riding slightly tricky, but other than that so far we have done a good job. Basically we have just been going through the motions with set-up, trying to identify areas to improve the bike so we can keep reducing our lap times.
“I haven't been here for two years so I am improving with every lap, and I think I can continue that into qualifying. The team is working hard, the progress so far has been good and I think we are in with a good chance of qualifying well.”