TT Circuit Assen: Haslam savours ‘sweet’ double to close in on Byrne

Leon Haslam says his dominant double victory acts as the ideal reliever from his Donington Park off and is relishing the Brands Hatch finale.
Leon Haslam says his dominant double victory acts as the ideal reliever from his Donington Park off and feels he can head to the triple-header final round at Brands Hatch with added attack after cutting Shane Byrne's lead to 17 points.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider produced two classy performances to secure his 24th and 25th career wins in BSB after extracting the maximum potential from the new ZX-10R at Assen.

Having drawn level in terms of race wins this season with Byrne (both on seven) Haslam had been ruing his race two fall at Donington but feels the Assen results go some way to resolving the issue.

“This is so sweet especially after the crash at Donington Park, doing it in the first round of the Showdown wasn't the best,” Haslam said. “It has been a good year, we're learning how to make the Kawaski ZX-10R work. It has some really good strengths but there are things we still want to work on. I'm happy with the double win we can go to the final round with our heads held high.”

Looking to maintain his momentum at the final round Haslam, who has notched up six wins and four second places over the last 11 races, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider is targeting revenge after Byrne swept to a double win at his home round two weeks ago.

“From my perspective he [Byrne] absolutely smoked me at Donington, my back yard, so I want to do the same to him at his,” he said. “Brands is a track I enjoy and makes good racing. This is what the championship is all above going into the three races and we'll give it our all.

“At Brands Hatch GP earlier in the season we had a horrible weekend with a lot of problems and still came away with two second places. What we have learnt since then we've made good steps and understand what we need to do with this bike. A lot of it is temperature dependent so we'll have to wait and see what it brings.”
by Haydn Cobb

Tagged as: Haslam , Shane Byrne

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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
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