Leon Haslam believes his pace on race tyres gives him hope after he qualified second for Sunday's two World Superbike races at Misano.

The Englishman was the first of the three Aprilia RSV4 RFs that occupied spaces on the first two rows of the grid and he feels he and team-mate Jordi Torres are feeling the benefits of the timely post-race test in Portim?o.

"This weekend we improved session after session," said Haslam. "We had a good base to start from and we basically adapted the setup solutions we had tried at Portim?o to make them work on this track.

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"The track changes a lot depending on the temperature, so we tried to work quite a bit on tyre life and on consistency in the various conditions. I'm rather pleased with our level."

After the first run of laps in SP2, Haslam sat at the top of the time sheets, having set an impressive marker on race tyres. By his own admission, several mistakes on the super sticky Pirelli qualifier prevented him from getting within two tenths of a second of Tom Sykes' pole position time.

Still, Haslam chose to look at the positives at the close of Saturday, insisting the pace he showed throughout the day is a cause for optimism ahead of Sunday.

"I was the fastest one out there on a race tyre. In Superpole I made a mistake on the first turn, so I slowed down to conserve the tyre and make a go of it on the second lap. In light of this, second place and a good pace make me hopeful for tomorrow."