Leon Haslam believes he is now poised to begin challenging for the rostrum once more as the Pata Honda rider prepares for this weekend's World Superbike round at Istanbul Park in Turkey.

Haslam has been battling back to fitness after breaking his leg in a practice crash at Assen back in April and the 30-year-old finally feels he is returning to his best form.

The British rider claimed his best result of the season with seventh at the Nurburgring in Germany at the previous round.

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"I'm really excited about going to race in Istanbul, even though some of the other Superbike riders have ridden there before," he said.

"I've seen a few of the GP races there on video and it looks pretty awesome, but I won't really know how it is until I get out there on the bike on Friday morning.

"We made some more progress last time in Germany but, although I was hanging on to the back of the leading group in race two, we still had some issues," added Haslam.

"But I do feel like I'm finally in a position - both physically and with the bike - to be fighting for podiums again.

"We need a few more things to fall into place for that to happen, but we're nearly there."