Leon Haslam is bidding to maintain his strong run of results around the Assen TT circuit as he inches closer to BMW's first World Superbike Championship race win.
The Briton caused a stir with his victory challenge during the 2009 event aboard the privateer Stiggy Honda, while he was also a front runner during the 2010 edition aboard the Suzuki Alstare.
Now firmly settled with BMW Motorrad having finished inside the top five in each of the opening four rounds this season, Haslam has high hopes ahead of Assen when he considers both his and the manufacturer's past form there.
“Assen is one of the circuits I really like,” Haslam, who is currently third in the standings, said. “I have really enjoyed racing there. I think I have stood on the podium with every bike I have ridden there. For this reason I am really looking forward to it. I hope we can take another step forward and continue pushing at the front of the field.
“The circuit has a unique layout. The most important thing in Assen is to find a good rhythm. You cannot simply push without thinking – that would actually slow you down. You have to use your head. BMW's performance in Assen last year showed that the circuit suits the bike. Our goal is to build on what has so far been a good start to the season.”
Team-mate Troy Corser scored BMW's first front row starting position at Assen in 2010 and also led for several laps before fading late on.