Leon Haslam reckons he’s in the best position he’s ever been in to clinch the title as this year’s 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship is set to get underway at Donington Park this weekend.
Haslam missed out on the crown last season to rival Shane Byrne, but that’s something he’s determined to put right this time around as he spearheads a new factory-backed Kawasaki project with the revised ZX-10RR machine.
“We’re in a much better position heading into the season than we were this time last year,” Haslam says with confidence. “I’m in the best position I’ve ever been in to win a title, with this package and team we’ve created there’s no reason we shouldn’t win if I do my job – so there are no excuses!”
And while competition looks set to be tough in BSB this year, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man can’t see a bigger rival than his 2016 adversary.
“Shakey is clearly the biggest threat,” he says. “But we know the calibre of the other riders too. Giugliano and Guintoli will be strong, so will Josh and of course there’s all the others who were quick last year too, O’Halloran, Iddon, Ellison – they’re all capable! It’s going to be more important than ever to put it together weekend in weekend out.”
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