Haslam ‘quite happy’ with Puccetti test

Taking to the track for the Puccetti Kawasaki at Portimao, Leon Haslam proved that he still has what it takes to mix it up with World Superbike's best.

The 33-year-old was in action for the Puccetti Kawasaki World Superbike team at the Portuguese circuit, testing the ZX10RR ahead of the new season.

Haslam put in a late burst in the afternoon to lead the way but dropped to fourth as the chequered flag fell on the day's action.

His best time, a 1:42.300, was 0.487s short of pace-setter Chaz Davies' best.

"It was good to get out and turn some laps with the Puccetti team," Haslam told Motorcycle News.

"I’m quite happy with how it went, more so with my pace on race tyres. 

"I think I could have gone quicker on the qualifier, I was trying the new five lap tyre for Pirelli and on one of my quickest laps in that run I got held up and lost 0.5 to Chaz in the first sector alone. 

"I’m pretty sure had that not happened I could have done a 1'41."

Haslam was in action for Puccetti Kawasaki having been called up to deputise for the injured Randy Krummenacher.