Silverstone BSB: Haslam in Showdown even after three DNFs

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam is now second in the overall MCE British Superbike standings and has secured his place in the showdown, even after three DNF’s at Silverstone.

He crashed in race one and two, and was hampered by what appeared to be a technical issue in the final outing and his ZX-10RR had to be pushed off the track after the citing lap. The Smalley rider’s objective was to secure as many podium credits as possible.

But that plan did not come to fruition over the race weekend. Haslam was not entirely disappointed as he was pleased with his pace in the dry at the Northamptonshire circuit and was the fastest in warm up. He also felt competitive riding his green machine for the first time in the wet too.

Now the Kawasaki man is focusing on the next three rounds, and this is where the championship properly starts for the former World Superbike star. He has had strong performances at Oulton and did the double at Assen last year, so he is ready to fight for the BSB title.

“We came here with the objective to get as many podium credits as possible but we came away from here with three DNF’s and three crashes but in the scheme of things it was the first time we have rode the bike in the wet where we felt competitive,” said Haslam at the track.

“The dry pace at this track has never suited me in the past, this morning was as quick as anyone went in race one. It has not been a disaster. Seven DNF’s before the showdown and to actually make the showdown I am happy with that. We have to reset now.

“Oulton, Assen and Brands that is what is going to win the championship. When it is working we can win and that is what we are concentrating on. Last year I crashed in the showdown and that was the only two crashes I had all year so hopefully I have done all my crashes this weekend.

“Oulton I have got a good record at and Assen I did the double last year and it is always going to go down to Brands and hopefully it will be a good battle there.”

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