Leon Haslam says he expects the Aprilia RSV4 to perform well at Assen as he looks to make up lost ground to runaway World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea.

Haslam finished off the podium for the first time this season at Aragon, his third and fourth places seeing him slip 26 points adrift of Rea at the head of the WSBK standings after three rounds.

Heading to the fourth event of the season in Assen, the Red Devils Aprilia rider is confident the fast and nimble RSV4 will give him a shot at victory this weekend.

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"Assen is a track that I like and I think it will suit the characteristics of the RSV4 RF well" stated Leon Haslam. "The experience gained at Aragon will also be fundamental Session after session we are learning how the new bike reacts to our changes and figuring out how to adapt the settings to various conditions."

Team-mate Jordi Torres, meanwhile, is also looking for better fortune - and a maiden podium - in Assen having just missed out on the spot in Aragon.

"We did a great job at Aragon. The track is long and hard and I learned a lot. Now we are off to Assen, a completely different circuit but one that suits my riding style well. I need to continue learning the secrets of this bike and this category. We are very close to the faster riders in the championship but I need to manage to keep up with them all the way to the end of the race."