Leon Haslam is focusing on defending his MCE British Superbike championship lead against Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne in his bid for the 2017 title.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider heads into the BSB season finale at Brands Hatch with a 32-point lead on Brookes, while defending champion Byrne is one point off Brookes in third, thanks to his impressive results in the Showdown rounds.

Haslam has been the most consistent performer in the Showdown rounds out of the title contenders thanks to two wins, one second place and one third place in the four races having bounced back from four point-less races in a row at Cadwell Park and Silverstone.

Given the rollercoaster campaign so far, Haslam isn’t banking on the title until mathematically certain but knows three podium finishes would be enough to clinch the championship regardless of the results produced by Brookes and Byrne.

“Brands Hatch is three races so it was always going to go down to the final and it is a circuit that both Josh and Shane go well at,” Haslam said. “Josh got the lap record mid-season and Shakey won both races, so for me to go in with a points advantage is a big weight off my shoulders, however finishing second or third to them isn’t easy either.

“I am super excited for the weekend because in the Showdown it is a case of so far so good for us. I felt like to be honest we should have won all four races so far and I have to approach this weekend as any other. It is all to play for and we need to attack like we always do. We need three solid results because it can all still change.

“Brands Hatch has an unbelievable atmosphere – on those last few races there are going to be some big moves being made, I really can’t wait to get started.”


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