Leon Haslam will have a new engine specification to try at this weekend's Portimao World Superbike event.

The Pata Honda rider approaches round seven without a rostrum finish this season, but technical co-ordinator Pieter Breddels is confident that the Briton is making positive steps.

"Leon is happier with the bike now and Portimao is one of his favourite tracks," he said. "We will be trying a different engine specification with him this weekend which is designed to improve driveability for the particular characteristics of the Portimao circuit. We're looking forward to seeing how that goes and to see if we can keep making positive steps like we have been recently."

Haslam is 'excited' to try the development.

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"We tested at Portimao earlier this year when it was wet a lot of the time, but we know the CBR goes well there and I'm quite excited to be trying a different engine this weekend."

The 31-year-old Briton added: "I didn't race at Portimao last year because of my broken leg, but I really like the circuit and I've had some good races there over the years. It's fun to ride and it's quite a physical circuit but my shoulder is feeling a little better after Misano.

"I've had some good physio down at the English Institute of Sport, which I'm hoping will see me through the next three races at Portimao, Laguna Seca and then Suzuka for the Eight-Hour, which are all quite physical tracks."

Haslam is currently tenth in the world championship, with team-mate Jonathan Rea in fourth.


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Haslam has seemed to have been around forever but his 'peak' was between 2006 (2nd, BSB) and 2010 (2nd WSB).
Since then he has been dropping off the pace and seeking to over-compensate by pushing beyond the limit with frequent crashes / injuries the consequence.
He's a nice lad but I can't really see how any of the top teams could justify putting a ride his way now.