Snetterton 300: Flying Haslam targets double upon Snetterton return

Leon Haslam has been flying on two fronts this season as he jets in to Snetterton as BSB championship leader after a recent Suzuka 8 Hour test.
Leon Haslam has been flying on two fronts this season as he jets in to Snetterton as MCE British Superbike championship leader after a recent Suzuka 8 Hour test with the factory-supported Kawasaki squad.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider has spent the past week at Suzuka testing ahead of the prestigious endurance race alongside Akira Yanagawa and Kazuki Watanabe and touched down on Thursday ahead of the fifth round of the 2016 BSB championship.

The Derbyshire rider currently leads the BSB championship by 13 points from Shane Byrne, having claimed three race wins, and is set for his debut on the revised Snetterton 300 circuit configuration having made his last competitive outing at the Norfolk track in 2008 before the 2011 revamp.

After missing out on what he felt was likely double victory at Knockhill due to a misty visor in the wet race two, Haslam is targeting a double at Snetterton as he looks to rack up podium credits ahead of the BSB Showdown.

“I felt confident going into Knockhill and we had another win in the dry and in the wet I felt we had the pace for a second win before the visor problem so our aim this weekend is to claim the double,” Haslam said.

“The recent test here was the first time I had ridden the 300 circuit layout and I am looking forward to the races; the number of corners has doubled since my last race there so that gives even more chances for moves and definitely makes it more exciting for the fans, especially with the improved spectator areas.

“We are all pushing really hard for every point and you can't afford to give an inch in these races – you have to stamp your authority but also ride smart and smooth.”
by Haydn Cobb

Tagged as: Haslam , Shane Byrne

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