Haslam looks to make his home knowledge count at Donington

Leon Haslam will be looking to put his knowledge of his home track to good use this weekend when Round Five of the World Superbike Championships comes to Donington Park.

Last weekend, round four was held at the Imola Circuit in Italy.

After qualifying in tenth position, Pata Honda rider Haslam, who is from Smalley, finished race one in tenth position and then came home eighth in race two.

His best race lap time proved be 1m48.807s in race two and he now sits ninth in the overall standings, with 58 points to his name,

He explained: “We’ve made a step but from free practice on Saturday morning we’ve lost about a second a lap.

“From doing high 1m 47s on old, used tyres, we’ve only been able to do high 1m 48s laps today, dropping into the 1m 49s.

“I was quicker on an 18-lap, old harder tyre on Friday than I was in both races today.

“So, for me it’s not been a good weekend but it’s been fantastic for the team. You always want to beat your team-mate but it’s good that the bike is capable, that’s a positive.

“Also a one-two in Supersport is mega for the team but adds a little frustration from my side as it could have been good for me. “

He added: “We’ve got a test so we’ll be able to figure some things out.

“I know Donington well and that the bike can work well there, so hopefully I can start my season there!”