Leon Haslam was pleased to be back in podium-challenging form during the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone after notching up his best results since Monza.
Having begun the season well with a pair of podiums, Haslam has not challenged for the rostrum since finishing third at Monza back in May, a lull that has seen him battling in the mid-field in recent races.
However, buoyed by the local support, Haslam produced one of his most convincing race performances of the season in race one as he battled with Marco Melandri and John Hopkins for a spot on the podium. Though he would just miss out on the top three, Haslam was otherwise pleased with his renewed competitiveness.
“In race one I was really happy with the start. I was able to get myself into the position I wanted to be in and ran with the leaders. I was really pushing for the podium and battled to keep with Marco Melandri, but I was really struggling to pass him and stay in front. I was happy to be running close to the front and the lap times were OK. I just narrowly missed out on a podium.”
Though problems with the bike would keep Haslam down in eighth place in race two, the results represent his best overall points' haul since Donington Park, while it also strengthens his fifth in the standings.
“In race two I was having a few issues with the bike and I was forced to adapt my riding style to try and ride around it. I got to the point where I was able to run consistent lap times, but by then the leaders had gone. Now we have the summer break, so I am just looking forward to spending some time at home and preparing in the gym for the next races.”