Leon Haslam looking for repeat performance in Portugal

SMALLEY racer Leon Haslam is hoping to climb the podium once more in Sunday’s 13th and final round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at the impressive Portimao circuit in Portugal.

Haslam returned to the podium on the BMW S1000RR with a third place at Magny Cours in France two weeks ago, his first podium finish since the Monza, Italy round in May.

Leon was also second in both Portimao races last year and took a third place as a wild card at the Algarve circuit in 2008.

“Portimao definitely holds good memories for me”,� said Haslam. �We’ve now reached a stage with the development of the S1000RR that we should be looking to challenge for the podium finishes in every race.

“�The 2011 season has definitely gone through three phases for me. We got the season off to a flying start but then seemed to lose any consistency as we attempted to develop at too fast a pace. But then, since Silverstone in July, we’ve continued to understand the machine much more.

“�We have parameters to work in that became clear but we also began to look to 2012 and take from this season what we could with a view to benefiting next year’s campaign.”

The Portimao action gets under way on Friday lunchtime with free practice followed by an afternoon qualifying session then further qualifying and Superpole on Saturday before Sunday’s race action at the 2.760-mile (4.445km) circuit.

Portimao schedule:

Friday October 14

8.30am-10.30am, Technical inspection

11.30am-12.30pm, Free Practice One

3.30pm-4.30pm, Qualifying One

Saturday October 15

10.45am-11.30am, Qualifying Two

1.45pm-2.30pm, Free Practice Two

3.00pm, Superpole Final Qualifying

Sunday October 16

9.20am-9.35am, Warm-up

12 noon, Race One � 22-laps (101.024km / 62.736 miles)

3.30pm, Race Two � 22-laps (101.024km / 62.736 miles)

World Championship points after 12 of 13 rounds: 1 Checa 467, 2 Melandri 360, 3 Laverty 283, 4 Biaggi 281, 5 Haslam 216, 6 Camier 194, 7 Guintoli 179, 8 Haga 170, 9 Badovini 155, 10 Fabrizio 145.

Manufacturers points: 1 Ducati 491, 2 Yamaha 415, 3 Aprilia 399, 4 BMW 261, 5 Kawasaki 209, 6 Honda 162, 7 Suzuki 162.

2011 World Superbike Championship: 1. February 27 � Phillip Island, Australia; 2. March 27 � Donington Park, GB; 3. April 17 � Assen, Holland; 4. May 8 � Monza, Italy; 5. May 30 � Salt Lake City, USA; 6. June 12 � Misano, San Marino; 7. June 19 � Aragon, Spain; 8. July 10 � Brno, Czech Republic; 9. July 31 � Silverstone, Great Britain; 10. September 4 � Nurburgring, Germany; 11. September 25 � Imola, Italy; 12. October 2 - Magny-Cours, France; 13. October 16 - Portimao, Portugal.