Pata Honda’s Leon Haslam experienced some electrical issues during the World Superbike practice sessions today, but is confident that he has the race pace to make an impact in Superpole tomorrow.
The Smalley rider has recently returned from winning the Suzuka 8-Hour with his team, and is now adapting to riding in the World Superbike paddock once again. But things did improve for Haslam throughout the day, and in the opening qualifying practice session the rider made it has high as third fastest in the timesheets, and was never out of the top ten quickest times.
With the electrical problems under control the rider is happy that he can aim for a front row, and he is feeling positive as his leg is continuing to improve every day.
“We had a few issues with the bike and the lap times were not too far away, but we still have a fair bit to look at, to make a bit more progression, but so far so good,” said Haslam, speaking to bikesportnews.com at the circuit.
“We had some electrical issues this morning as we only did four laps, and this afternoon we were still trying to resolve a few issues and we are working on the chassis as normal. We are aiming for front row, but qualifying has not been that good recently, mainly because of the leg, but that is getting stronger everyday, but I have just completed Suzuka so I can't complain about 40 minutes of racing.”