Leon Haslam remains within range of Jonathan Rea at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings despite having no answer to his main rival at the Chang International Circuit.

Confirming the pace he showed in Australia, when he swept to his first WSBK win in almost five years on his first outing as an Aprilia rider, Haslam was once again amongst the front runners in Thailand, starting the races from the front row in second.

However, Haslam would get embroiled in battles early on in both races, which would ultimately allow Rea to establish an advantage that the Englishman couldn't challenge. Even so, Haslam was delighted to be close to the front once again, his pair of second place finishes consolidating an identical place in the standings.

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"The team did a great job," said the Red Devils Roma rider. "Between the two races we took a big step forward. Rea was simply too fast today. We decided to use a harder front tyre and maybe with the softer one we could have been faster in the first part of the race, but it didn't gives us the guarantees we needed in terms of distance.

"In any case I'm pleased with the weekend, especially because compared to Friday we have really improved and I can't wait to get to Aragon. Being on the podium for the first two rounds of the season is definitely a great starting point."