Victory in Australia gives Haslam WSB Championship lead

Red Devils Aprilia's Leon Haslam won the second race of the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia - adding to a first race runner-up finish - to lead the Championship.

“This race win brings back great memories," admitted Haslam. "My last win was at Kyalami in 2010 after a great battle with Rea.

"My compliments to my team. They did a great job all weekend. In race one unfortunately made a mistake and ran across the grass but luckily I felt like I had a wide enough margin and I was able to rejoin the pack and finish second in the final dash by just a few thousandths.

"I started race two even more motivated to win. Despite feeling like I had less in reserve after the halfway point, everything went according to plan.

"In the last turn I opened up the throttle at the right time and I realised that I had overtaken Rea straight away right on the finish line. I am truly happy to finally be back on the top step of the podium!”

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