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MCE BSB's Leon Haslam: "I need to win the first race on Saturday"

Thursday, October 12 2017

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship leader Leon Haslam may hold a 32 point advantage in the standings ahead of this weekend's (13-15 October) triple-header decider at Brands Hatch, but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki contender has his sights set on three wins in Kent.

'The Pocket Rocket' has finished runner-up three times before and after winning two of the first four Showdown races has edged ahead, but he knows that with 75 points available from the three races on the Grand Prix circuit, he needs to maintain this momentum to lift his first title crown.

Haslam said: "Brands Hatch is three races so it was always going to go down to the final. It is a circuit that both Josh and Shane go well at, Josh got the lap record mid-season and Shakey won both races, so for me to go in with a point advantage is a big weight off my shoulders, however finishing second or third to them isn't easy either.

"I am super excited for the weekend because in the Showdown it is a case of so far so good for us. I felt like to be honest we should have won all four races so far and I have to approach this weekend as any other. It is all to play for and we need to attack like we always do. We need three solid results because it can all still change.

"I need to win the first race on Saturday because I don't want to go into the final races and be scrapping through. In the past I have always been coming from behind in the standings when I have missed out. It would mean so much to win the title, especially knowing that we are back next year with JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

"Brands Hatch has an unbelievable atmosphere - on those last few races there are going to be some big moves being made, I really can't wait to get started!"

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