Leon Haslam admits a small mistake cost him what would have been only his second career World Superbike Championship pole position, though he was otherwise pleased to secure a spot on the front row in Thailand.

The Red Devils Roma Aprilia rider comes to the Chang International Circuit looking to build on a strong opening round aboard the RSV4 after he claimed his first victory since 2010 at Phillip Island.

Quickest coming into Superpole, Haslam looked to have done enough to claim the top spot after he surged to the top of the timesheets and then improved the benchmark again on his next lap. However, with Jonathan Rea proceeding to shave a tenth off that time, Haslam was left to rue what he says was a small mistake on his best lap.

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Even so, despite losing out on what would be only his second-ever pole position, Haslam was otherwise pleased to be on the front row.

"I'm pleased with this Superpole. The first row was our goal. In the first lap with a qualifier I may have been a bit overly cautious, whereas in the second one I made a small mistake. In any case, in terms of race pace we are doing well.

"The guys at Aprilia have done a great job and the RSV4 adapted quickly to the new track. Tomorrow the track condition will be different and I expect that there will be several riders capable of making a play for the win."