Leon Haslam has revealed he was unaware he had secured pole position for Sunday's World Superbike double header at a soaking wet Magny-Cours until pit lane marshals directed him into parc ferm? at the close of the session.

Fast from the start of the 15-minute shootout, Haslam quickly shot to the top of the time sheets after a weekend of consistently placing inside the top four.

Red flags were shown with two minutes of the session remaining. With the Aprilia man still fastest it seemed his second Superpole triumph of the year had been secured.

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Not so. Riders were given just two minutes and one flying lap to better their earlier times. It was then that Haslam fell, while aware other riders - Jonathan Rea in particular - were set to improve.

"The last lap in Superpole I was determined to push," said Haslam, whose plans from 2016 still remain unclear. "I thought a lot of others would be improving. I left a lot of space between me, [Luca] Scassa and Jordi [Torres], but I caught them up faster than I had expected and when I tried to overtake them I ended up on the kerb and took a slide.

"I didn't think I had held onto first place. I realised it only because the track marshals took me to the winner's circle instead of the garage!"

The winner of one race in 2015, Haslam is confident in his race set-up come rain or shine on Sunday, and believes he is well placed to add to his win haul.

"I had a good feeling in the wet. Throughout the weekend we've been close to the top times despite focusing on our race pace.

"The guys at Aprilia did a brilliant job. I'm sure that tomorrow we'll be able to make a play for it no matter what the weather brings."