Leon Haslam endured a day of mixed fortunes during the 11th round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship after following up a crash with a top five finish.
The BMW rider was enjoying a strong weekend up to race day, regularly challenging inside the top five before placing the factory S1000RR sixth on the grid.
Getting up into the top five for race one, Haslam was closing on the group ahead of him when a false neutral caused him to crash out of Tosa. Nonetheless, he bounced back in race two to seal fifth position to improve his chances to securing the same position in the overall standings.
“In the early stages of race one I was struggling to push properly, but after a few laps I found a good rhythm and caught up to Tom and Carlos. Unfortunately I then got a false neutral. I went into the corner, the gear jumped out and in again and I fell. I am disappointed with the crash.
“For race two, we made some small changes to try and improve the bike, but the increase in air temperature meant things didn't work out as we planned. So I lost the contact to the leading group and just had to try and maintain my position.”
Haslam holds down fifth position, 16 points ahead of Leon Camier in the standings.