History & Rider
Provisional second row for Haslam in Portugal
BMW's Leon Haslam qualified in a provisional fifth place, on row two of the grid, for Sunday's 13th and penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Portimao in Portugal.
Fastest lap - Free Practice: 1m 44.500s 4th / Fastest lap - Qualifying Practice 1: 1m 43.921s - 5th:
“I am pretty confident," said Haslam. "We just have a few issues which we still need to resolve. We have to make some more improvements to the chassis and work on the electronics.
"The track is a little bit dusty and dirty and has not got that much grip but I am quite happy. We are pretty confident on the harder tyres and we just need to improve with the soft tyres.
"My shoulder is still a bit painful but we are working on different strappings each session and it is 10 times better than in Germany so I am happy.”
2013 World Superbike Championship
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