Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Byrne has everything to lose – Haslam

Leon Haslam has ramped up the pressure on MCE British Superbike title rival Shane Byrne ahead of the final round of the Showdown.
Leon Haslam has ramped up the pressure on MCE British Superbike title rival Shane Byrne by stating he is the one with the most to lose out on in the season finale as championship leader with a 17-point advantage at his home event.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider clawed back the points deficit at Assen with an emphatic double victory, having claimed six wins over the past eight races, and has made his objective at the three-race final round a simple but steep task: win all three.

The former World Superbike star is also looking to increase the pressure chasing down Byrne by beating him at his home round, something Byrne achieved over Haslam and Donington Park at the start of the Showdown, as he targets a maiden BSB title.

“We would obviously prefer to be ahead but we go into the Brands Hatch weekend knowing what we need to do,” Haslam said. “It is very simple for me; I have to go out and win the races and beat Shakey in all three. He has everything to lose and needs to think more about the positions than I do.

“I don't think there is a one up for him or me on the Grand Prix circuit; everyone knows it is his home track but Donington was mine and he beat me there so now I want to do the same to him at his.

“I think we can achieve what we need to this weekend and that is three wins. There is always added pressure on Shakey for the home round, where we just want to keep up the momentum we showed at Assen.

“We have won six of the last eight races and that is a statistic I like; we want to end this weekend adding to that tally to make it nine.”

To give himself a realistic shot at the BSB crown Haslam will have to overturn the results from when the Brands Hatch GP track hosted round seven as Byrne stormed to a dominant double victory which helped him tighten his grip on the championship at the midway stage in August.
by Haydn Cobb

Tagged as: Byrne , Haslam , Shane Byrne

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