Leon Haslam says fatigue denied him the chance to challenge for podium finishes at his home event, but leaves Donington Park holding on to his second place in the World Superbike standings.

The Red Devils Aprilia rider had been a doubt to compete this weekend after suffering a nasty crash while racing at Imola two weeks ago. The English rider was cleared to race at his home round after passing a fitness test on Thursday and notched up two fourth place finishes.

"I'm fairly pleased with the results today considering my conditions," Haslam said. "Obviously I would have liked to have been on the podium for my fans, but I think that in the end two fourth places are the most we could have aimed for. I started well in both races and then I started feeling the fatigue."

The Brit made two lightning starts off the start line at Donington, jumping up to second place in both races by the first corner.

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However, the outright race performances of the Kawasaki pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes saw him pushed backwards into a battle with Aruba.it Ducati's Chaz Davies for the final rostrum place but his charge was hamstrung by injury.

"In spite of it all, even here we showed that we are in the game," he reflected.

Haslam held on to second spot on the World Superbike riders' championship by one point from double race winner Sykes, while Rea extended his lead to 101 points with a pair of second places.

The Aprilia man will now look to recuperate from his injury in time for round seven of the championship, in Portugal in two weeks time.

"I'm looking forward to some tracks that are more favourable for us so I can perform at my best. Now we'll start thinking about Portim?o, a track which should cater well to my RSV4."