Haslam smashes record

Leon Haslam fired a warning shot to his British Superbike rivals at Snetterton yesterday as he smashed the lap record to take his third pole of the season.

Leon Haslam fired a warning shot to his British Superbike rivals at Snetterton yesterday as he smashed the lap record to take his third pole of the season.

The "Pocket Rocket" had dominated the day, topping the timesheets in the morning practice session before going out and setting a quick time as soon as final qualifying got underway.

Haslam saved his best until last and scorched around the Norfolk circuit to set a hot lap of 1:04.500 with 10 minutes still to go of the session.

"I've had a good weekend so far, and everything seems to be working perfectly," he said.

"Getting pole and holding it for the entire session is always good for the confidence, and the team have done an amazing job with the bike."

Next on the grid for today's two races is Haslam's team-mate Gregorio Lavilla, who is followed by Japanese hotshot Ryuichi Kiyonari on the HM Plant Honda Fireblade and Tommy Hill rounds off the front row in fourth.

York's Scott Smart starts from 18th on Vivaldi Racing Suzuki.

Meanwhile, local boys Dennis Hobbs and Chris Burns will start the Supersport race from eighth and 13th places respectively.

In the Superstock class, Stockton's Paul Veazey will line-up in 18th spot, while Gateshead's Chris Coates starts from 36th.

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