Joint-championship leader Leon Haslam says he is focusing on copying the setup work completed during free practice at Phillip Island, when he went on to claim second place in race one and victory in race two at the World Superbike season opener.

The Aprilia rider spent the first session using a sole hard rear tyre as he worked on tuning in his RSV4 into the new Chang International Circuit in Thailand. As the day progressed the Derbyshire rider collected data and looked to build on race performance rather than hunt outright hot lap pace.

Despite this the Red Devils Roma racer still finished the day fourth on the combined timesheets with a quick lap of 1m 35.288s, six-tenths of a second off pace-setter Alex Lowes.

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"We're working the same way we did at Phillip Island, focusing on race performance and the setup on the RSV4" Haslam explained. "I think there is still room for improvement in a few areas like coming out of turns, which will let us take better advantage of the straight stretches.

"It was a good start. Since this is a new circuit we started with the basics. This morning there wasn't a lot of grip on the track. I used only one tyre for the entire session and in any case I was quite fast. I did the same in the afternoon. The track will also improve in terms of grip so times will drop even further."

The 31-year-old currently leads the championship along with Kawasaki Racing's Jonathan Rea, with the pair both level on 45 points after one victory and one second place each.