Leon Haslam says he will still be battling all-out for race wins in the MCE British Superbike Showdown as he looks to claw back points against Shane Byrne.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider slipped to 27 points behind the four-time BSB champion after crashing during race two at Donington Park.
Looking to fight back straightaway Haslam says his mindset and set-up to the race weekend won't be altered by the championship complexion and feels momentum over the course of the season remains with him.
“I'm really looking forward to heading to Assen, it's a circuit I've ridden at regularly over the last few years so it's nice going to a circuit knowing I don't have to relearn it,” the former World Superbike star said. “Obviously the crash at Donington was disappointing, it was our first mistake of the year but annoyingly it came during the Showdown.
“Although we're now a little way behind Shakey in terms of the Showdown, I've actually scored more points as a whole over the season so we know that we've got the pace to close him down.”
Haslam has a wealth of experience at Assen from his World Superbike days with his best results being two second places finishes (2009 and 2010) but has also suffered a nasty injury at the 'Cathedral of Speed' when he fractured his fibula and tibia in his left leg in 2013 while riding for the Pata Honda squad.
With a points deficit to eat into Haslam is once again solely focusing on wins but concedes the fast and flowing characteristic of the Assen circuit may not suit the new Kawasaki ZX-10R against its rivals in BSB.
“Assen is a fantastic circuit and always throws up good racing. I'm not approaching the weekend any differently and our goal is the same – to go out and win as many races as we can,” he said. “It's a really fast and flowing track which isn't the best style for our bike but I'm confident we can still be fighting for the top step.
“Over the last few years, the weather has played quite a part for the BSB guys so hopefully it stays dry this weekend – but if not, we've won in both the wet and the dry this season so I'm ready.”