Leon Haslam says he is working towards a full racing return Portimao after being forced to withdraw from his home round at Donington Park.
Haslam has been in recovery after suffering a broken leg in an accident at Assen, the Briton forced to skip the following Monza round too.
However, while Haslam was present for the all timed sessions in the run up to the two races at Donington Park – including morning warm-up -, he would opt to play it safe and sit out the 23-lap encounters.
Even so, despite being frustrated to sit on the sidelines, Haslam believes it was the right decision to withdraw with a view to getting back to full fitness, starting from the next round at Portimao.
“Looking at the guys ride around Donington and knowing what I've done here in the past makes it kind of frustrating to sit and watch the races in the motorhome. Jonathan proved in race one that the bike was capable of fighting for the podium and I feel I might have been up there.
“There are a lot of ifs and buts, but I think it was the right decision not to ride. Even though I haven't been riding today, the leg is still quite sore so I'll get bit more physio, have a few days off, and see how we get on.
“The surgeon who operated on me says the best thing would be a few days on a warm beach so I'm going to look at an early flight out to Portimao and continue the work out there.”