Leon Haslam was rewarded a top five finish during the third round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen, despite an otherwise tough weekend for both himself and BMW.

Having scored podiums in three of his last four outings at Assen, Haslam was looking to get back on the rostrum again, but left himself on the back foot after qualifying down in 12th.

Progressing into the top ten in race one, Haslam's charge was halted when he lost the back-end of the S1000RR out of turn ten, forcing him off the bike. Despite being clipped by another rider, Haslam remounted and benefited from retirements ahead to cross the line in 12th.

A better start in race two saw Haslam with the lead group initially, though he would eventually settle as the leader of the chasing pack in sixth, which became fifth after Marco Melandri's retirement.

Despite race-long attention from the likes of Eugene Laverty, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga, Haslam held firm to claim a fifth top five result in six races, a performance he was otherwise pleased with.

"It's been a tough weekend," he admitted. "We have been encountering a few minor issues this weekend which have made lap by lap consistency difficult. The situation obviously wasn't helped by my crash in race one. The back of the bike came round on me unexpectedly and I was unable to stop myself from crashing. I also got clipped by one of the other riders when I was on the floor, which meant I was a little sore for race two.

"I got a good start in the second race and managed to get up with the leaders, but sadly I was unable progress through the pack. But we still managed to secure another top five finish, and I know we will go away from here, work hard back at the workshop and prepare well for Monza."

Haslam is now classified fifth in the overall standings having begun the weekend in third position.



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