Brands BSB: Haslam’s relief as he chalks up first win of the year

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam says he was relieved to bank his first Bennetts British Superbike Championship win of the year after a tough start to the season.

Haslam proved to be the cream of the crop in today’s wet second race, as he snatched the lead from Glenn Irwin on the final lap, and then blocked the Be Wiser Ducati rider from stealing it back.

After a tough opening round at Donington Park a fortnight ago, Haslam says the data collected in both of today’s races has been of great benefit to the team.

And, coupled with his fourth place in race one, the win has left him feeling much happier.

“It’s always nice to win, more so here because it’s one of my bogey circuit,” he told Bikesport News. “I’d normally be very disappointed a fourth place, with but the actual pace around here wasn’t too bad.

“Then, in that second race we learnt a lot in that race and actually we set the fastest lap in the drier part. We have made big steps here which was our main objective, regardless of the results. So to come away with 25 points, I’m pretty happy.”

With Oulton Park three weeks away, Haslam is now concerned about sorting out the tyre situation which has become a serious issue.

“I’ve got a good record at Oulton, but we need to understand this tyre situation,” he added. “I always run the harder tyre there, but at the minute that’s not an option for us.

“What I’m happy about is that the bike is working a lot better with the softer tyre and hopefully that’ll show with some faster pace races going forward.”

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