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BSB: Haslam: 'No better feeling than winning a race like that!'

Published: 08 September 2018

Leon Haslam has said there’s ‘no better feeling’ than winning a race like today’s thriller at Silverstone.

The Bennetts British Superbike championship leader got the better of Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin and the McAMS Yamaha duo of Tarran Mackenzie and Josh Brookes to clinch his tenth win of the season in a race that saw no fewer than six different leaders across the 30 laps.

What’s more impressive is the victory comes after Haslam walked away from what he called one of the biggest highsides of his career just over 24 hours ago.

“I crashed without pushing on Friday and that’s always a nasty one,” Haslam told MCN after the race. “I was lucky to get away with it, so since then I’ve been a bit reserved and not focused on absolutely maximising our performance. I was trying to conserve the tyre a lot in the race, but battling with the people I was battling with was nice. I had a good rhythm, I was losing out in some areas but gaining in others. So far this year I’ve been really strong on the last lap, whatever I look at seems to come together and there’s no better feeling to clinch the win after a battle like that.

“I’m stiff and finding bruises in places I didn’t know I had, but fortunately this track is quite easy on the body as it’s four corners and some long straights. That means the race isn’t too physical, but I am definitely stiffening up from Friday!”