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Leon Haslam has put the dis­ap­point­ment of Sil­ver­stone firmly be­hind him by top­ping the time sheets in a test day at Oulton Park in prepa­ra­tion of the race at the Cheshire track this week­end. The 32-year-old set a best time of 1’35.025 ahead of on-form Chris­tian Id­don and Honda rider Dan Lin­foot.

Last time out at Sil­ver­stone Haslam and JG Speed­fit Kawasaki team-mate James El­li­son were struck down with bad luck that saw Haslam achieve a sin­gle fifth place in race two af­ter a tech­ni­cal prob­lem in the first race while El­li­son claimed a 13th and an eighth af­ter start­ing from the back of the grid in race one.

“We have def­i­nitely taken the pos­i­tives from the first round and there are plenty of them. I feel that we showed how strong the pack­age is with the pole po­si­tion, the gen­eral race pace and the fact that Pete won the race with a very sim­i­lar set-up to me,” said Haslam.

“It shows what we are ca­pa­ble of as a team and it was only be­cause of some is­sues that we weren’t able to achieve more. So we go into the next round feel­ing con­fi­dent that we can ex­pect a lot more.”

John Hop­kins was also de­nied the chance to move up the fin­ish­ing or­der at Sil­ver­stone af­ter a tech­ni­cal is­sue cur­tailed his chances of pro­gres­sion for the epayme Yamaha team; the Cal­i­for­nian had been in­side the top 10 be­fore he was forced to re­tire.

The cir­cuit was the scene of Hop­kins’ very first win in the cham­pi­onship in 2011 and he will be hop­ing that with the of­fi­cial test un­der their belts that they can be in a po­si­tion to chal­lenge for more on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

Ben­netts Suzuki will also be ea­ger to prove a point at Oulton Park – a cir­cuit that Tommy Bridewell was vic­to­ri­ous last sea­son and one where Ryuichi Kiy­onari has also cel­e­brated 13 wins. The team though be­lieve that they have a good base to start with at Oulton Park to al­le­vi­ate the chat­ter is­sues that they en­coun­tered at Sil­ver­stone.

‘We have def­i­nitely taken the pos­i­tives from the first round’

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