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Haslam targeting podium from seventh

Leon Haslam is eyeing BMW's first podium on home soil after qualifying seventh at the Nurburgring.
Leon Haslam says he will strive to give BMW an important World Superbike podium on home soil after securing a spot on the second row of the grid at the Nurburgring.

On a weekend that has seen his three BMW counterparts struggling in the second-half of the field, Haslam has been a consistent top ten challenger, culminating in him cracking the top eight shootout during Superpole for the first time since Misano.

Going on to claim seventh position on the grid, Haslam was pleased to be towards the front, despite struggling to get the best from the qualifying tyres. With this in mind, he has faith in his bike's race pace.

“I am happy with the way everything has gone today. I managed to post my fastest lap time on race tyres, which is promising for the two races tomorrow. Sadly we don't seem to be able to extract the full potential from the qualifying tyres like the other guys, but we made it through to SP3 which was the main objective.

“For the races tomorrow I will be hoping for a good start and to push for the podium. I think Carlos Checa has good pace and will be hard to beat, but we can definitely challenge the others so I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Team-mate Troy Corser, meanwhile, will start on the fifth row after just missing out on a Superpole berth, the Australian complaining that technical issues on the Friday have left him playing catch up.

“To miss out on Superpole is certainly frustrating. Yesterday we had a technical issue which really cost us a lot of track time, and since then we have been simply playing catch up. It is almost like we are a session behind everybody else, and I think that has cost us. But the issues we had were unforeseen and we couldn't do anything about that.

“We just need to make sure we work hard in the morning to finalise our set-up and race strategy, then definitely we can do something in the race. At the minute the weather forecast predicts rain, but either way if we get a good start and stay out of trouble we can challenge for the top ten.”


Tagged as: BMW , Nürburgring , Leon Haslam

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