Leon Haslam says his 2016 double victory at Assen puts him on the front foot heading into the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike championship as he looks to defend his points lead.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider secured a 22-point advantage on Josh Brookes after his win and second place at the opening Showdown round, with Shane Byrne just one point off of Brookes in third, which has given Haslam the ideal start to the three-round finale.

Haslam, hunting a maiden BSB title, is aiming to defend his points advantage at Assen where he clinched a dramatic double victory last season while battling for the title with Shane Byrne.

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“Assen was one of my favourite circuits when I was racing in the world championship and I got the double win there in the British superbike championship last year in front of Shane Byrne so I’m feeling quite good,” Haslam said. “Conditions at the round last year were quite cool but dry and looking ahead to this weekend the weather forecast is a bit mixed with the chance of rain but much warmer temperatures so the pace will change quite a lot.

“From my side of things, however, it’s business as usual. The team’s working well, the bike’s working well and we’ll be aiming for two wins to try to extend our championship lead.”