BSB: Haslam looking to bounce back at Assen

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Leon Haslam will be looking to get his 2016 MCE British Superbike title fight back on track at Assen this weekend after losing serious points to rival Shane Byrne with a fall at Donington Park.

Haslam headed in to the tenth round of the series on a high having taken the lead of the championship after a tremendous treble at Oulton Park, but had to settle for second in the opening race at the Leicestershire circuit before falling from race two saw him score his first crash-caused DNF of the season.


With just five races remaining of the 2016 season, Haslam must fight back hard at Assen this weekend if he’s to halt Byrne’s charge towards a record fifth BSB title.    

“I’m really looking forward to Assen, especially after Donington,” he said. “That was my first crash in a race this year and it was just really bad timing with it being a Showdown race. We had a few issues with temperature and that affected our tyre option, so that is something we need to work on again at Assen. 

“Assen is a circuit that usually produces really close racing and I have to go out and do what I usually do, which is to give it my all. Yes, we are down on points compared to Donington but we have closed a bigger gap than that before and we still have five races to come.

“In the past I have had ups and downs at Assen, but this weekend will be my first BSB race there. In the World Championship I have veen on the podium before a couple of times and I am going into the weekend looking forward to trying to get back to winning at a battling track that should suit me.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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