Leon Haslam says a new approach to working on set-up helped him to secure a somewhat unexpected front row start for the eighth World Superbike round at Motorland Aragon.
The BMW rider freely admits he has been 'playing a little bit of catch-up' so far this weekend, particularly when compared to team-mate Marco Melandri, but while the Italian struggled to replicate his pace when it mattered in Superpole, Haslam would go fourth best.
A surprising result for the British rider, he says a different plan to concentrate on tyre duration around the scorching Spanish circuit has seen his lap times decrease over the course of the weekend thus far.
“I am pretty happy. In the test and all the practice sessions we have been playing a little bit of catch-up. The feel for the track and the bike has been good. We lacked a little bit on the lap time and on the race distance as well but today we made some really progress and now I am really happy to have put my RR in the front row. I'm also confident that the race tyre is looking better too.
“We are well prepared for the races as that's what we have been working on. It's been a bit frustrating at times because we've not been looking for a lap time. Normally, the important thing is to get to a lap time and then maintain it but it has been the other way round this weekend.
“We've been working on making the tyre last and now that we have, the lap time has got better too. It is a funny way round.”