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Haslam keen to end tenure on a high.

Leon Haslam has signalled his determination to leave HM Plant Honda and the Bennetts British Superbike Championship on a high at the Brands Hatch season climax.

Form has certainly been on Haslam's side in recent races having won five of the last seven races, performances that have hoisted him up to second place in the standings heading to the popular Kent circuit.

As such, Haslam's first priority is to cement the runners-up spot over arch-rival and Silverstone sparring partner Tom Sykes, although he is also desperate to win on his final outing with the team.

However, while Haslam is dreaming of his World Superbike switch with Stiggy Honda in 2009, he won't be alone in trying to end the season in the best way possible, with Sykes, Shane Byrne and Cal Crutchlow all after victory as they head in a similar direction next season.

“I've won five out of the last seven races and now I want to make it seven out of nine. I want to the leave the team and the Bennetts British Superbike series on a high and that's the aim.

“Obviously everyone is out there is going for it, Cal's got a point to prove coming into the last round, Tom Sykes is strong and Shakey hasn't won a race in 12 outings, so the competition is going to be red-hot.

“I think the Indy circuit is a bit here and there to be honest, there's also not many places to overtake, but 30 laps around such a short circuit makes for a pretty busy race, so it should be fun.”


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Haslam, BSB Silverstone. Race 2.
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha [ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Smiths BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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Ben Sugden - Unregistered

October 10, 2008 1:34 PM

Brands is a quality circuit! It's nearly all the WSB riders favourite as it's got everything! Fast corners, tight turns, hills, drops, and Paddock Hill bend is 2nd to none in the world! Awesome circuit. he a shame to lose it. They should move the GP there! i reckon Rossi and Co would love it, plus, Toseland would have a major advantage! haha!!

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 10, 2008 7:11 PM

The problem is money. MSV want to hold the meeting, but WSB want too much money. I am sure they will sort something out because even with this years weekend attendance being down from from 126,000 in 2007 to 97,000 it must still have been the best attended round in the calendar. There should be a big increase in attendance in 2009 because of the increase in Brit riders, but presumably MSV thinks WSB are overestimating that increase and overcharging. Palmer obviously wants to hold the meeting, but he wont if it's uneconomic.



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