Leon Haslam says he’s expecting three gritty races at Silverstone as a number of riders fight for a MCE British Superbike Showdown spot but is aiming for a consistent performance similar the start of his 2017 campaign.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider sprinted into an early lead during the opening two rounds of the year having taken two wins, a second and a third from the first four races of the year but a retirement in race two at Oulton Park coupled with injury which ruled him out of the Knockhill round saw him slip down the order.

At the same time Shane Byrne stormed ahead during the mid-season with a run of five wins in seven races but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki has clawed away at the deficit over the past two rounds to close the gap to 10 points, and only five Podium Points, with three races remaining until the BSB Showdown takes effect.

With Haslam’s top six spot looking assured barring a disastrous Silverstone triple-header, he’s aiming to regain the podium consistency from the beginning of the season to ramp up his momentum heading into the three-round finale.

“I am feeling confident for Silverstone and so are the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team,” Haslam said. “We have some things we want to test before the Showdown and this is the perfect place to try it before the final three rounds.

“We have a good plan and know that we need to have three consistently strong races, because at this stage of the season nobody can afford a DNF. I am sure at this point of the season and the importance of it will spur some people on a bit more to make some moves, but I know what I need to do.

“It really is business as usual for me. I have missed four races this year through issues and injury so we need to collect as many Podium Points as we can this weekend and get back to that consistency we had at the start of the season.”

 

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