BSB: Haslam confident of hard tyre advantage

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Leon Haslam is hoping the advantage he has shown on the harder option Pirelli rear tyre in recent rounds will give him the upper hand as racing gets underway at the penultimate round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship tomorrow. 

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki man qualified third for tomorrow’s first race and has been in the mix throughout the weekend despite suffering from throttle connection and engine braking issues once again. 

With temperatures relatively low at the Dutch circuit, Haslam is confident his advantage with the hard option rear tyre, as shown when he took three dominant race wins at Oulton Park last month, will help him claw back some of Shane Byrne’s 27-point series lead.

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He told MCN: “We’ve been having quite a lot of problems with the throttle connection and engine braking, but even with those issues we’ve always been in the top three so I think once we solve them it should be a lot better.”

“As race strategies and tyre choice go, I’m fairly happy we just need to solve these issues. We can’t get the soft tyre to work but I’m not too concerned as I don’t think anyone can and at the same time I can still do 1’36 laps on a hard. 

“The chassis felt quite good in the wet but the problems we’ve been having with the electronics certainly didn’t help.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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