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HM Plant Honda's Leon Haslam has finished two days of testing at the brand new Portimao track in Portugal and has declared the circuit awesome – and he thinks it should be on the MotoGP calendar within a year.

Haslam, who will wildcard at the World Superbike final round there next weekend, had a tough first day's testing yesterday as the track hasn't been used before and it was extremely slippery.

"For the first couple of hours, it was difficult for any of us to even get our knees down," said Haslam. "But as we put more rubber down it got better and better.


"Today, we have been able to get down to some proper setup and putting in a lot of laps. Because the track is new, it is really tearing up the tyres and we have only got a limited number."

Haslam and team-mate Cal Crutchlow have shared the track with the Xerox Ducatis of Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio and although it looks like the Australian is quickest, Haslam is not far off.

"Every time I went out and knocked a couple of seconds off I thought I must have been faster than Bayliss, except he had been and knocked a load of time off too," Haslam said.

"I am six-tenths quicker than Cal and Fabrizio and I am happy with that, but a lot will change come raceday as there will be a lot more rubber on the track.

"The circuit itself is awesome and definitely MotoGP should come here in a year and maybe F1 too. It isn't like anything else. The inclines and slightly blind corners make it so gooD to ride. It's wide and with some very fast sweeping corners. Bit of a Ducati track, really!"

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