Haslam aiming for German joy

SMALLEY’S Leon Haslam is looking to this weekend’s tenth round of the World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring in Germany to return to the podium after taking fourth place and narrowly missing out in the last round at Silverstone, GB five weeks ago.

The BMW S1000RR rider has finished in the top 10 on 13 occasions from the 18 races so far in 2011 and is looking to conclude the season the last four rounds, eight races by challenging for BMWs first win in the series.

“It’s been a long time since the last round at Silverstone, so I’m really keen to get going again now”, said Haslam.

“I had a good run at the Nurburgring last year and got a podium finish in the second race so its a good circuit for me.

“The circuit is undulating and has a lot of changes of direction but the braking for the very slow first corner is one of the crucial areas when it comes to machine set-up.

“It’s obviously the home race for BMW so I’m hoping we can produce some good results for the company and the fans.”

Haslam finished sixth and third in the two Nurburgring races last year and returns to the 3.190-mile circuit (5.137km) looking to add to his two 2011 podium finishes so far this year, in Australia and Italy.

Nurburgring schedule:

Friday September 2

8.30 10.30noon Technical inspection

11.30 12.30pm Free Practice One

3.30 4.30pm Qualifying One

Saturday September 3

10.45 11.30am Qualifying Two

1.45 2.30pm Free Practice Two

3.00pm Superpole Final Qualifying

Sunday September 4

9.20 9.35am Warm-up

12.00noon Race One 20 laps (102.740km / 63.802 miles)

3.30pm Race Two 20 laps (102.740km / 63.802 miles)

World Championship points after nine of 13 rounds: 1 Checa 343, 2 Biaggi 281, 3 Melandri 272, 4 Laverty 208, 5 Haslam 158, 6 Camier 146, 7 Fabrizio 141, 8 Badovini 118, 9 Guintoli 109, 10 Haga 99.

Manufacturers points: 1 Ducati 355, 2 Yamaha 320, 3 Aprilia 320, 4 BMW 194, 5 Suzuki 158, 6 Kawasaki 137, 7 Honda 113.