Leon Haslam couldn't hide his delight as the Red Devils Aprilia rider returned to the top of the podium for the first time in five years a Phillip Island.

Haslam denied Jonathan Rea a double in Australia, beating the Kawasaki rider in the dash to the line by 0.010s after a thrilling battle on the final lap in race two.

The British star, who finished as the runner-up in race one, is tied with Rea on 45 points after the opening round and said his long overdue success brought back special memories of his last win in the championship.

Related Articles

"This race brings back great memories. My last win was at Kyalami in 2010 after a great battle with Rea," he said.

"My compliments to my team. They did a great job all weekend. In race one I unfortunately made a mistake, but luckily I felt like I had a wide enough margin and I was able to rejoin the pack and finish second in the final dash by just a few thousandths.

"I started race two even more motivated to win. Despite feeling like I had less reserve after the halfway point, everything went according to plan," Haslam added.

"In the last turn I opened up the throttle at the right time and I realised that I had overtaken Rea straight away right on the finish line. I am truly happy to finally be back on the top step of the podium!"