Cadwell Park: Haslam given confidence boost by recent tests

Leon Haslam feels after a recent testing programme at Cadwell Park he is confident of challenging for race wins on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki.
Leon Haslam feels after a recent testing programme at Cadwell Park he is confident he can challenge for race wins on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki having missed out on the top step of the rostrum since Knockhill.

The former MCE British Superbike championship leader has endured a tricky middle chunk of the year which has seen him collect just one win and two further podiums which has enabled rival Shane Byrne to claim the points lead ahead of round eight at the Lincolnshire circuit.

Haslam has fond memories of Cadwell Park having claimed a double victory weekend the last time he competed at the track back in 2008 while he still holds the official Superbike lap record.

After completing a two-day test at the Lincolnshire circuit in preparation for the Bank Holiday race weekend the former World Superbike challenger is optimistic of taking his charge to the front in his bid to reduce the deficit to Byrne.

“Cadwell is certainly a different track to what I've been used to the last few years, but it's one I love and after the test there last week I'm feeling really positive,” Haslam said. “Although we were on the podium, we had a few problems at Brands but last week at the test we were able to fix them as well as work through everything I wanted to try to make some big steps forward so I'm feeling confident.

“I still hold the lap record around Cadwell Park from almost ten years ago which is pretty cool and the last time I rode there I was able to get the double win so I'm looking forward to returning on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki and seeing if we can get back on the top step.”

Haslam currently trails Byrne by 25 points in the BSB riders' championship but looks set to secure a top six Showdown spot at Cadwell Park.

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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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