Haslam: Portimao is a completely different challenge

Championship leader looking to build on Phillip Island success

LEON HASLAM is hoping to continue his opening round success in Australia three weeks ago when he contests round two of the World Superbike Championship at the Portimao circuit, Portugal, this Sunday.
Haslam set pole position, won the opening race of the year then finished runner-up in the second race to lead the World Championship by nine points at Phillip Island, almost three weeks ago.
Haslam, 26, now tackles the second of the 13 rounds and the Alstare Suzuki rider is looking to keep the pressure on his Championship rivals in the two 22-lap races.
“In every area possible, Portugal offers a completely different challenge to Phillip Island,” says Haslam. “The Championship is now under way and there are riders looking to improve on the previous round. Also, the Portimao circuit offers completely different technical challenges to Phillip Island and we’re back in Europe with a run of four rounds in six weeks so it’s already a crucial stage of the season.
“I’m happy to take the knowledge we have of the Portimao circuit from our two tests there and do my best to at least repeat my success in Australia. We know we can be strong in Portugal, like we knew in Australia, but the plan still needs to be put in motion come race day.”
The race for the 2010 WSB title continues at Portimao circuit on 28th March.

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