Leon Haslam says he can take confidence from the lap times set on softer tyres as he continues to impress in testing on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia.

The Englishman, who has turned heads with his pre-season performance since switching from PATA Honda to the factory assisted Aprilia team, continued to put laps on the RSV4 in Jerez, turning a best time of 1minn 40.069secs.

Placing him fifth on the timesheets, Haslam is particularly pleased with his pace over a race simulation and also over a single lap as he looks to improve on his qualifying pace in 2015.

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"We took a lot of laps, more than anyone else. We analysed a lot of things and now I feel really good on the bike in terms of setup. In a race simulation toward the end of the testing we were able to find a good speed and I gained confidence, even managing to improve on my best time using a soft tyre.

"That has always been a problem for me, putting the qualifier tyre to good use is another reason for us to be pleased with these tests. Phillip Island is a track that I like and apparently it suits my Aprilia well, so we'll definitely be optimistic going into our first race."