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Stiggy Honda's Leon Haslam reckons he is looking to wrap up his 2009 World Superbike season with a win for the team at Portimao before moving on to the Alstare Suzuki squad next year.

The former British Superbike front runner is confident of a good result at track where he has already stood on the podium as a wildcard and where his team have tested twice already.

“I have some good memories of Portimao and since those races a year ago we’ve tested there last twice so I’m pretty hopeful that we’ll be able to get on the pace quickly and try and end the season by challenging for a first win,” said Haslam.


“We started 2009 really well with a podium in Australia then second and third places in Holland and after our mid season dip in performance we’ve regained a good pace. The lap times are coming pretty comfortably and I’m hoping that we can find that extra something that will put me near the top step of the podium on Sunday.
“As ever, the Stiggy Team has worked hard to ensure we'll be in the best possible position come Friday’s first practice session and we’ll all be trying to move forward from there and find the race setting that can bring some end of season success.
“The 2009 season has been a tough one for Johan Stigefelt and the team and it’s a credit to them and their hard work that we’ve made it through those difficult times. We’ve had 18 finishes in the top eight out of 26 races, that’s probably something we would have all accepted at the start of the year. We also have a great sixth place in the World Championship in the team’s first year and we are now in a position to end the season on a high.”

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