Leon Haslam admitted he was 'a bit cross' at narrowly missing out on two podium finishes as the World Superbike championship visited Assen.

The 31-year old could only look on as championship rival Jonathan Rea romped to a convincing double victory to extend his lead over Haslam in the standings to 50 points.

Haslam went on to reveal that severe front tyre wear slowed his pace in the latter stages of both races, allowing Michael van der Mark to snatch third place away on both occasions.

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Even a switch from Pirelli's 'B' to 'C' compound between race one and two did little to affect his feeling with the front.

"The two races were quite similar. I had good pace and was able to keep up with the leaders, but in the final laps I lost that feeling with the front tyre that was wearing quite a bit on the right side.

Even using the harder solution the situation didn't change, maybe also because I had to push quite hard."

Haslam found himself locked in battle with the determined van der Mark on the final lap of race two. It seemed as though Haslam had done enough to keep the position on the entry to the Geert Timmer chicane but the Dutchman barged through regardless, pushing both men off track.

The end result was a source of frustration for Haslam. "We'll have to analyse the data to figure out where we can improve in this area. I'm a bit cross because I felt like I could have battled at least for the podium, but instead I lost it on the last turn."