Leon Haslam declared himself content with two strong finishes at Aragon that keep him in touch with World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea.

The 31-year old was unable to stay with the leading trio of Rea, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes in race but the higher track temperatures in race two played into Haslam's hands.

There, he could challenge Rea for second place although an attack on his former team-mate was just beyond him.

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"I'm happy," Haslam told journalists after race two. "This is pretty much what we predicted when we got here. We knew Kawasaki were going to be strong. They do all their testing here. Where I was in race one, I expected that result but not to be that far away.

We were nearly a second a lap slower from lap five onwards. In practice we were quicker than that but it was mainly down to the cool conditions. We made a few small changes to the bike but the hotter conditions made all the difference in race two.

I was a little disappointed we couldn't have a proper fight with Jonathan. We couldn't get close enough on the back straight. It wasn't grip or tyres, we just had the wrong gearing. It was too docile and wasn't fast enough. Every time I got close he would gap me again, like a yoyo. The rest of the lap was ok. I pushed the front, the rear. It's hard to be happy with third but with where we are I'm happy to take the points."