BSB: 'Positive mindset' for championship leader Haslam ahead of Snetterton

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Leon Haslam heads into the fifth round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship at Snetterton this weekend with a 13 point championship lead over rival Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.

Having won more races than anyone else this season, Haslam is in a strong position as the series moves closer to its half way point. Moving back to Britain after seven years in the World Superbike Championship, it would be essential for Haslam to re-familiarise himself with the quirky British circuits, but with wins at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch Indy and now Knockhill – three tracks that couldn’t get any more British – it is clear he’s embraced that challenge.


“Knockhill, Snetterton and Thruxton were always going to be three of the toughest tracks for me and Knockhill ended up being the best weekend I’ve had so far this year,” Haslam told MCN. “I felt the bike was more than capable of winning and I was really comfortable. We extended the championship lead and the bike could win in both wet and dry so it was a very positive weekend.”

Haslam heads to Snetterton having finished second fastest overall in the official test at the Norfolk circuit three weeks ago, despite experiencing an abundance of technical issues on the first day.

“Snetterton is a completely new track for me with the layout changes so it was good to test there. The first day was a write off with technical issues but we were fastest on day two so can head there with a positive mindset. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing