Leon Haslam finishes on podium in Italy

Leon Haslam
Haslam celebrates his podium finish at Monza

Leon Haslam secured his second podium finish of the World Superbike Championship, taking third in the first race in the fourth round at Monza.

The Derbyshire rider finished behind Max Biaggi and race winner Eugene Laverty, who clinched a double with victory in the second race of the day.

The BMW rider told his website:external-link "I felt that I could run the pace to win.

"But I got involved in a fight with Biaggi and we slowed each other up and allowed Laverty to get an advantage."

Haslam, who now lies sixth in the standings on 84 points, continued: "Biaggi then got away from me and I spent the closing stages of the race just defending third place from Marco Melandri. It's nice to be on the podium again though."

Haslam's second race ended at the first chicane at Monza as he and two other riders crashed. He suffered a broken toe in the incident - his first non-finish of the year.

Carlos Checa is the Championship leader on 145 points and the next round is at Salt Lake City in America on 30 May.