Leon Haslam has extended his MCE British Superbike championship lead to 32 points ahead of the season finale at Brands Hatch thanks to a win and a third place at Assen.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider triumphed in a six-rider battle for victory in the opener at the Dutch circuit and looked a strong contender to do the double but on the final lap suffered an small engine issue to lose contact with leader Sylvain Guintoli before having to settle for third behind Josh Brookes.

As a result, the former World Superbike star has pushed his lead in the standings to 32 points over 2015 BSB champion Brookes while defending champion Shane Byrne is 33 points off of Haslam with the triple-header final round remaining.

Haslam says the title picture took priority at Assen but was still disappointed not to grab a second consecutive double at Assen.

“I have to keep reminding myself of the championship,” Haslam said. “It is always a battle and you want to win in every race and you want to make moves you probably shouldn’t when you are trying to win a championship.

“It worked out well for the championship today I was a bit disappointed after the last lap of race two, I was in a good rhythm at the end and I had a bit of an issue with the engine cutting out, but it has been a great weekend for JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

“This championship is so tough and we definitely had a hard part of the season and when it goes bad you can find yourself down in seventh or eighth quickly but the Showdown is where it matters and we have three races now at Brands Hatch to try and do the same job.”