Leon Haslam says he is currently in talks with teams to remain in the World Superbike Championship for 2015, admitting he is surprised by the level of interest given his troubled tenure at Honda.

A former WSBK runner-up with Alstare Suzuki, Haslam endured two win-less years at BMW before his move to PATA Honda at the start of 2013.

However, injuries and persistent set-up woes have prevented Haslam from flourishing on the Honda CBR1000RR and has not stood on the podium since 2012, even if he back-to-back wins in the Suzuka 8 Hours have maintained his stock within the manufacturer.

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Going forward, Haslam says discussions are taking place, adding that it is nice to still have plenty of interest despite his difficult seasons.

"Obviously there are a lot of rumours," he told Crash.net. "My heart was always with Honda but it's no secret that I've had a real tough two years. I've got to weigh up the situation in terms of what opportunities I have. For the two years that I've had I'm quite surprised that I have a lot of interest from a lot of manufacturers and other teams.

"We're in talks, in negotiations. You've got to put all your cards on the table and make the right pick. In the past it was a lot easier to do because you knew what the rules were. Next year is going to be different. You try to weigh up what's going to suit, what's not going to suit. It's more difficult this year than any other but it's nice to have the interest even though I've had a couple of really bad seasons."

Fittingly, Haslam enjoyed a strong Friday in Jerez, posting the fourth best time, and is confident he can be in the hunt for that elusive podium come race day.

"I was only 0.2 seconds off [the fastest time]. The afternoon times were slower but we actually improved quite a lot. I'm feeling good. You know we're not raving about anything just yet but we've been on the back foot all year. It's been one of them years when we've always been on the back foot.

"To be honest I've been happy with the progress we've made with the bike for the past three or four rounds. We've just had a lot of little mechanical failures that maybe haven't made us stop but have really hindered the result. I've been happy with where the bike is and what they've been doing in terms of set up."

"I know the Kawasaki goes really well here, as well as the Aprilia. Toni [Elias] is even up there on a satellite bike. Hopefully we can be in that battle. If you can be in that battle you'll have a chance and that's what I'm looking at."


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It does seem that Honda has really dropped the ball in all the superbike competitions.