Knockhill: Haslam: Championship lead changes nothing

Leon Haslam says entering the resumption of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship on top of the riders' standings won't alter his approach.
Leon Haslam says entering the resumption of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship on top of the riders' standings won't alter his approach with attention starting to shift towards the Showdown.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider has been keeping sharp thanks to tests in preparations for the Suzuka 8 Hours while the Derbyshire rider also topped the second day of the BSB in-season test at Snetterton last week.

Haslam is set for a return to a circuit he last competed at eight years ago in his last BSB season before stepping up to World Superbikes and has fond memories having claimed pole position and a race win back in 2008.

The former World Superbike rider holds a slim three-point advantage in the BSB championship standings over Shane Byrne after the opening three rounds but with another six rounds until the Showdown Haslam says his approach will be uncompromised at Knockhill.

“Although Knockhill is another circuit I've not visited for eight years, and is very different to the tracks I'm used to, it's a place I'm really looking forward to going back to,” Haslam said. “I've won in the past round here and after a very good test at Snetterton I'm confident we can be challenging for top honours again this weekend.”

Haslam feels his JG Speedfit Kawasaki squad has made a remarkable recovery from its technical problems suffered at the season-opener at Silverstone and is confident on building momentum towards the Showdown but feels leading the BSB championship at this point counts for little.

“Coming in as Championship leader doesn't change the way I approach things,” he said. “It's fantastic to be leading the series already, particularly after the technical problems at Silverstone, but it's a long season.

“The bike is getting better with every outing, and we still have new components planned to be arriving throughout the rest of the year which will hopefully mean we can keep taking steps forward and arrive at the Showdown in the best possible position.”
by Haydn Cobb

Tagged as: Haslam , Shane Byrne

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