Pata Honda's Leon Haslam exuded positive vibes following the penultimate World Superbike round at Magny-Cours in France, even though an eighth place finish was all he had to show for his efforts.
The British rider, who has been re-signed by the Ten Kate-backed team for 2014, was forced out of race two along with team-mate Michel Fabrizio due to a technical issue.
He finished one place behind Fabrizio – who is standing in for injured Ulsterman Jonathan Rea – in eighth position in race one but Haslam was 'really happy' after making a breakthrough with the set-up of his Honda Fireblade.
“Yes, we had a technical problem in race two but I'm actually really, really happy that we've found an important aspect of the bike that has been wrong for many races,” said Haslam, who qualified 15th after a spill during Superpole.
“We changed that part for race two and it transformed the bike. It turned properly and did everything that it should have been doing for the last few rounds.
“It took a lot of inconsistency out of the bike as well,” added Haslam, whose season has been plagued by injury.
“Starting from 15th wasn't ideal but, even though our setting didn't suit the big change we made, I was quickly able to get up to seventh and was catching the guys in front.”