Leon Haslam is hopeful he can take full advantage of his first World Superbike front row start since 2012 after qualifying second at his home Donington Park circuit.

Making the most of his intimate local knowledge of Donington Park and the levelling of poor weather conditions, Haslam was on fine form throughout Superpole to persistently rebound to the top of the timesheets as the session progressed.

Though he would lose out to Davide Giugliano in the closing stages, second place still marks his best qualifying performance since 2012 and his best grid slot since joining PATA Honda.

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Having struggled to mount a podium challenge since joining Honda, the 2010 WSBK runner-up is hopeful his improved qualifying performance will translate to a strong race day.

"Since breaking my leg last year we haven't had the best of times, or been where we want to be in terms of results, so for me it's good to get my season started on the front row here at Donington.

"We've still got a little bit more work to do for the dry set-up but I had a good feeling with the bike in the rain at Assen and we've made a lot of steps over the winter. Fingers crossed I can get the start that's needed and we can be in there with the front guys tomorrow."