Pair of top ten finishes for Haslam in round two

Smalley’s Pata Honda rider Leon Haslam took two top ten placings at the weekend, finishing race one in ninth place and coming home eighth in the second 17-lapper, at the Motorland Aragon in the second round of the 2014 World Superbike championship in Spain.

His compatriot and teammate Jonathan Rea took third place to earn a podium finish in the first race, before coming fifth in race two.

Both Pata Honda riders have moved up in the points standings ahead of the team’s home race at Assen in two weeks’ time.

Rea holds fifth position now in the rankings this season with Haslam moving into the top ten in ninth.

Haslam was pretty happy with how things eventually shaped up for him over the weekend.

After the races, Leon Haslam said: “We definitely started here on the back foot and lost a lot of the first session on Friday.

“From that point we worked really well and I was feeling confident.

“Just before Superpole yesterday, I posted the fourth fastest time and knocked time off in every session, but then I had the crash in Superpole, which wasn’t so good.

“I struggled in both races though – battling with throttle opening and engine braking.

“We had a couple of good top ten finishes but, in FP4 yesterday, I really felt I could be challenging for top five today.

“I’m glad this one is out of the way and we can start to focus on Assen.

“We’ve made big leaps with the bike in recent testing and, in my opinion, the results don’t show that and we struggled.

“But Jonathan had a fantastic first race and he was up there in race two.

“We’re coming across a few more problems at the moment but we know we’ll get on top of it.”