Leon Haslam feels he could have been leaving Assen with stronger results, despite recording his best finish since joining the PATA Honda team.

Having struggled with various technical issues since the start of the season, Haslam was looking for a breakthrough at Ten Kate Racing's home venue but continued engine braking woes would hamper him en route to 11th on the grid in qualifying.

Finishing eighth in the dry first race despite feeling as though fifth place was possible, Haslam achieved his aim in the wet second race with strong run to the top five in difficult conditions. However, while the result represents his best finish since 2012, Haslam still feels he was capable more, particularly if he had qualified better.

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Race one was a bit frustrating really because I felt we could have been easily fifth from where we were. The pace wasn't that mega but we had a lot of issues again this weekend. It wasn't right in race one but I think fifth was still possible. The flag put an early end to it anyway. I was confident that, for the dry, we'd made the right move for race two but it was wet.

"In the first part I was already up to fifth when they stopped it but, in part two, I got caught behind Chaz [Davies] and it took me a few laps to get by him. When I passed him, everyone had gone, but I was able to be one of the fastest guys on track in the last three laps.

"I managed to get past Baz and Melandri and was closing the gap to Tom [Sykes] but then ran out of time. We hadn't really done any wet testing, so it was positive that we weren't too far away. The pace was pretty good but starting from where we were on the grid didn't help either."