Leon Haslam hopes to shake off the disappointment of three point-less races at Silverstone in time for the MCE British Superbike Showdown as he heads into the three-round finale six points behind leader Shane Byrne.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider tipped off in mixed conditions during Saturday’s opening race before suffering the same fate on lap two of the first Sunday race in dry conditions.

The former World Superbike star sustained a bruised arm in his second fall but was able to battle through the pain to make the starting grid for the final race but a technical issue forced him out of the start and into a hat-trick of failures.

Despite leaving Silverstone empty-handed Haslam still sits second the BSB Showdown with six points separating him from Byrne at the top of the championship.

As a result, Haslam wants to shake off his Silverstone round to return to winning ways next weekend at Oulton Park.

“We came here with the objective to get as many podium points as possible but we’ve come away with DNFs,” Haslam said. “In the scheme of things though it was the first time I’ve ridden the bike in the wet and felt competitive. Then my dry pace at this track, which has never suited me, was as good as anyone so if we hadn’t started from the eighth or ninth row we could have had a stronger weekend. It hasn’t been a disaster this weekend.

“We’ve got to reset now. Oulton, Assen and Brands is what is going to win us the championship and when it is working for us we can win so that is what we’ve got to concentrate on.

“Last year I crashed twice in the Showdown and they were the only two crashes I had all year so hopefully I’ve done all my crashing this weekend to avoid it in the next three rounds. Oulton we’ve got a really good record, Assen I did the double last year and then it always comes down to Brands so hopefully it will be a good battle by then.”


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