Oulton BSB: ‘Hopefully, all my crashing is out of the way’ - Haslam

This only goes to prove that Simon Green has either got a big head or small glasses...
This only goes to prove that Simon Green has either got a big head or small glasses... Picture: Impact Images

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam is aiming to bounce straight back from a nightmare Silverstone MCE British Superbike round and land on the podium at Oulton Park.

The Derbsyshire rider failed to finish two races at the Northants track, and didn’t start another, so his points gap over those behind closed significantly. However, title rival Shane Byrne had almost as bad a weekend, with one podium and two crashes, so there was some damage limitation.

Haslam is hoping now that all of his crashing for the year is out of the way and he can concentrate on getting back to the top spot.

“We went to Silverstone with the objective of scoring as many podium points as possible and we came away with three DNFs and three crashes, but in the scheme of things it was the first time we had ridden the bike in the wet and on a positive we felt competitive,” said Haslam.

“Our dry pace was as quick as I had been around Silverstone so if we had been able to stop on the bike we probably could have had a good weekend, so it wasn’t a disaster. You know to have seven DNFs and still make the Showdown; we have to be happy with that.

“We have to reset now because Oulton Park, Assen and Brands Hatch will decide the title. When it is working we can win and that is what we have to concentrate on now.

“Last year I crashed twice in the Showdown and they were the only crashes I had all year so hopefully I have done all my crashing at Silverstone! The rounds to come; Oulton Park I have a good record around, Assen I did the double last year and it will always come down to Brands Hatch. I expect a good battle between us all the way to the finish.”

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