On the weekend he made his 100th World Superbike Championship start, Leon Haslam had little else to celebrate at Motorland Aragon as he could only scrape a pair of top ten finishes.
The Briton has struggled to bring the BMW up to pace in recent rounds, as represented by his lowly 14th place grid position in Spain, but Haslam would fight hard in both races to crack the top ten and claim a brace of ninth place results.
However, Haslam was frustrated to not go higher, claiming a bad start ruined his chances in race one, while set-up issues in the second prevented him from progressing.
As a small consolation, however, he was able to prevail in an entertaining tussle with Ayrton Badovini, Haslam finishing ahead of the ever-improving satellite BMW rider for the first time in six races.
“It has been another tough weekend for us,” he said. “In race one I did not get a good start and left myself with a lot of work to do. I felt like I had the pace to run with the second group of riders who were fighting for fourth, but I made a mistake on lap one and was not able to bridge the gap. However, I worked hard, made up some places and finished the race in ninth.
“In race two I got a better start, the one I was hoping for in the first race. Sadly I did not have a good feeling on the bike, as we went for a softer tyre and I did not have the same level of grip, but I had a good battle with Ayrton. We just have to go through the data now and get ready for the next one.”