Leon Haslam insists his 2010 World Superbike title hopes are not over, despite facing a 60 point deficit to Max Biaggi with only three rounds of the season remaining.
The Briton lost the lead of the standings for the first time at Miller Motorsports Park when he crashed out of the second race, with Biaggi proceeding to win three of the next four races to stretch away.
Although Haslam was able to pull eight points back with his third and fourth place finishes at Silverstone, he still faces a sizeable task to regain lost ground with only six races to go.
However, Haslam is remaining pragmatic about the situation, pointing out that it would only take a single DNF for his rival to enable him to get back into contention.
“Anything can happen,” he told Crash.net
. “My main concern is us beating Max in every race and making the most of what we've got. It's 60 points, with six races left, so it's ten points a race. There a nine points between first and third, so one DNF can put me right back in there. We just have to concentrate on what we're doing.”
Speaking about his Silverstone weekend, Haslam says Suzuki went 'back to basics' in an effort to rediscover the form that saw it as the team to beat during the early stages of the season.
“The bike we ran this weekend is what we ran in Australia,” he added. “We've gone back to basics and it's worked. We didn't have the perfect set-up, but I'm quite happy with how the weekend has gone.
“It is frustrating, but going back to what we know is definitely the way forward. At Misano and Brno we tried to develop a few areas with the front suspension and the engine, but it didn't really work.”
Biaggi can mathematically win the WSBK title at the Nurburgring, if he scores 40 points more than Haslam.