Leon Haslam feels a podium in race two has come as an added bonus at his ‘worst circuit of the calendar’ as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider closed the gap to MCE British Superbike championship leader Shane Byrne.

Fresh from his heroics at the Suzuka 8 Hours with second place for Team Green Kawasaki last weekend, Haslam steeled himself for a tricky BSB round battling tyre life over a race distance on the ZX-10RR.

Having committed to using the harder Pirelli SC1 rear tyre, with the majority of his rivals on the softer compound, Haslam had been hoping to be strong towards the end of the races but his plan was thwarted in the opener by a shortened race distance plus a length safety car period.

Despite a similar pattern emerging for race two, Haslam jumped on to the podium after race leader Josh Brookes crashed out on the penultimate lap. With BSB championship leader Byrne forced into retirement with a tyre issue in race two, Haslam has closed the points deficit to 19 on the Be Wiser Ducati rider while trimmed his overall Podium Points advantage to nine.

"I'm really happy with the overall end result here at Thruxton,” Haslam said. “We knew it was going to be a tough weekend as it was one of my worst weekends last year on the Kawasaki.

“Race one was reduced to only ten laps and the hard compound tyre just wouldn't work for us on that distance versus the other riders on the softer tyre.

“Similarly race two got reduced to 18 laps but we managed to fight through for a podium place. I managed to gain podium credits and points at my worst circuit of the calendar and I must say a huge thanks to all my team at JG Speedfit for working so hard all weekend.”

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