Leon Haslam says he’s “absolutely gutted” to lose out on the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship title after suffering front brake failure in the deciding race and sustaining a broken ankle, wrist and thumb.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider looked set for an all-or-nothing final race fight for the 2017 crown with Shane Byrne having seen his lead shrink from 33 points to just a two-point advantage in the opening two races having struggled with technical issues and an optimum set-up.

Haslam was strongly placed in fourth, one spot in front of Byrne, before a front-brake failure at Hawthorns forced him to jump off his ZX-10RR at 172mph. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider sustained a broken left ankle, right wrist and right tumb to miss out on the 2017 title in painful circumstances.

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“I’ve broken my ankle and I am absolutely gutted as it has been one of those weekends,” Haslam said on Eurosport TV. “I gave it everything I had in that race but I had no front brake so I had to jump off the bike. Not the best place to do it but…

“The team has done a mega job this year and I am just absolutely gutted we didn’t get it done this weekend. Fair play to Shakey he has pushed me all the way this year so we’ll be back to make amends next year.”

 

 

Haslam ended the season third in the BSB riders’ championship, missing out on the title by six points to Byrne and three points behind Josh Brookes in second.

 

 

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"The team has done a mega job this year". Well, all except for forgetting to tighten the banjo bolt on his front brake. leaving him with a broken ankle, wrist, etc.., and out of the championship. :D

I am so sorry this happened,there is so much racing history associated with Leon's father they are a real British racing family.i was there yesterday to see the first race,brands is so good,you can get so close to the action.bsb really rivals any of the other championships the world over and it is very accessible and reasonably priced.i hope Leon comes out even stronger next year.

Damn. Really choked for the lad. He deserved more.

If Leon didn't have bad luck he wouldn't have any luck at all.

 Also gutted for the championship, was looking to be a proper Shakey vs Leon duel up until brake failure.

Showed class to go over and congratulate Byrne after the race considering the injuries he had. 

Absolutely gutted for the Guy. Lucky to be alive after that crash. It looked hoorendous.

Massive amounts of respect for him rocking up to the finish line to congratulate shakey with those injuries.

Haslam's team absolutely shit the bed.  The guy deserves much better after battling injury and making it close, but his team absolutely let him down.

The team flushed this one down the toilet. 

Get well soon. 

Pete Extance "were having a party tonight" wtf for. Putting a faulty bike out in race 2 or putting a dangerous bike out in race 3 that could have ended Leon's career or worse. Should be hanging their heads in shame not partying. Respect to Leon for his loyalty and sportsmanship

Happy for Shane Byrne, but happier for Haslam that he's still with us! Great respect to him for a wonderful show of sportsmanship making the effort to congratulate Shakey. Three huge crashes for Leon this year, Oulton, Knockhill and Brands, yet he battled back only to see mechanical issues then brake failure rob him of the title. Party time? Really, team?

 

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