Should Leon Haslam retain his current seventh place in the World Superbike Championship standings at the end of this weekend's World Superbike Championship finale in Qatar, he will have completed his best season since 2011.

Though the experienced Englishman has endured a series of struggles on the PATA Honda since joining the team in 2013, his unwavering consistency in 2014 - with just a single DNF to his name - and podium last time out at Magny-Cours has seen him rise to seventh overall

Ahead of Davide Giugliano, Eugene Laverty and Toni Elias amongst others, Haslam is also just 19 points shy of the top six, a feat he hasn't managed since his first season as a BMW rider in 2011.

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Looking ahead to this weekend's Qatar finale, Haslam is keen to end his season - and time at Honda - on a high.

"It's been another strange month off between the last two races of the season but it was fantastic to get on the podium at Magny-Cours and I'm really looking forward to riding at Qatar again.

"I've only raced there once, in 2009, but I've got quite a few laps under my belt. I helped on the launch of the 2008 Fireblade and then Jonathan and I were there for the introduction of the SP model last year. But it will certainly be different riding there under the lights, even though I've done a bit of racing in the dark at Suzuka.

"It seems much brighter, but I know the track can be a little sandy to start with. I've been told to look out for my own shadow overtaking me, but otherwise it's a really exciting way to end the season."


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Best season since 2011. 7th?
Doesn't say much does it?