BSB: Haslam looking to bounce back at Assen
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.
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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.”