Leon earns podium finish in France

Magny Cours (FRA) 02 October 2011. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. BMW Motorrad Motorsport Rider Leon Haslam on the BMW S 1000 RR. This image is copyright free for editorial use � BMW AG (10/2011).

Magny Cours (FRA) 02 October 2011. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. BMW Motorrad Motorsport Rider Leon Haslam on the BMW S 1000 RR. This image is copyright free for editorial use � BMW AG (10/2011).

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LEON HASLAM took his third podium finish of the year as he raced to third and fourth places in Sunday’s two races of the 12th and penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny Cours in France.

Haslam, starting both races from seventh place on the grid on his BMW S1000RR, dropped to ninth in the early stages of the first 23-lap race before fighting through the field to take third place with ten laps to go and finish just 3.2s behind race winner and new World Champion Carols Checa.

A tougher second outing forced Haslam to once more battle through from seventh place at the end of the first lap to eventually slot into fourth place with five laps remaining.

The podium finish adds to Haslam’s third place finishes in Australia in February and in Italy in early May. Haslam remains fifth in the World Championship with just the final round - in Portugal on October 14-16 - remaining.

Leon said: “It was nice to get on the podium again, it’s been a long time since I last stood up there.

“We had a tough weekend really so it’s all credit to the team that I was able to get into the top three in the races.

“Although we’ve focussed on achieving the best results in the last few rounds we’ve also been looking towards 2012 as well and it’s good that we can get as much work as possible done now under race conditions.

“In the second race we had a few more issues with the hotter conditions and I wasn’t able to challenge for a podium finish which was a major disappointment.

“Overall, we’re happy with the results but there is still plenty of room for improvement and we are continuing our development of the S1000RR in quite a few areas and as fast as we possibly can.’’