Factory BMW's Leon Haslam is confident he can put his S1000RR on the podium during the first World Superbike round at Phillip Island next weekend and has another two days of testing at the Australian track to fine tune his setup.
Haslam set the third quickest time using a qualifying tyre after three days on track last week - which bodes well for the Briton as last season he was unable to make the super-soft Pirelli work consistently with BMW's electronics and engine package. He managed a third and a fifth at the fast track last season.
“I am looking forward to the official Infront test. It is another two full days. I feel that we now have a good base with the bike and we have a good understanding from the last test. We can now work on race runs and prepare for the race weekends. It is going to be quite an important test, as everyone is going to be there and we will all be on the same tyres. It will give us a good indication of where we need to improve," said Haslam.
"On the race weekend itself we will, as always, be aiming to perform to the best of our ability. That is always our aim. Right now I am pretty confident that we can definitely challenge for the podium. Looking back to last year, all the BMWs were quite far behind at this stage and I was on the podium in the first race. Now, we are within a couple of tenths already and we still have a lot more to look forward to. So I am actually quite confident as we approach the weekend.”