Leon Haslam declared himself 'pleasantly surprised' with a place on the front row of the grid for both World Superbike races at Assen and feels there is still work to do with race set-up.

Haslam made the early running in Saturday's SP2 session but was eventually shuffled back to third, after the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea set the first and second fastest times.

Although pleased with his Saturday afternoon performance, Haslam feels he and his Aprilia squad still have changes to make as he bids to challenge the two Kawasakis over race distance.

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"As for the flying lap on a race tyre we are quite fast as we demonstrated even in Superpole, but in terms of consistency we still have some work to do in order to be able to easily repeat our performance," he said.

After qualifying Haslam stated chassis problems weren't allowing him to choose his ideal lines around the Dutch track. However, given his performance in the second race at Aragon, he feels overnight changes can help him get closer to the front.

"We are definitely making progress. Ironically, the qualifier tyre doesn't help us so in the end third place was a pleasant surprise.

Just like at Aragon we are expecting a difficult mission, but considering how close we were able to get in race two [at Aragon] I think we will be able to do well here tomorrow."