Britain's Leon Haslam says the hot temperatures in Australia could play into the Aprilia's hands during the opening round of the World Superbike Championship on Sunday.

The Red Devils rider was second fastest behind rookie team-mate Jordi Torres in FP2 as the pair headed the times when the temperatures began to soar in the afternoon.

Only three riders in the top 12 managed to improve their time from FP1 and Haslam feels the handling characteristics of the RSV4 could give Aprilia the edge on race day when track temperatures begin to rise.

"This first day was a good debut for us. Today we tried a lot of different set-ups and were able to find some good solutions. In my last lap I crashed on turn 10 due to a small mistake," he said.

"We also focused on the two rear tyre options available to us, on their performance with varying temperatures and wear during the race, and we are close to an optimum set-up. Looking at the races on Sunday I think that the hotter tarmac will help my Aprilia.

"It's power output could make things easier for me. The secret to this track is trying everything and fine tuning the bike, so that's what we'll be concentrating on tomorrow."

Haslam was fourth quickest on the combined times from FP1 and FP2, 0.611s behind Suzuki's Alex Lowes.


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