Haslam excited for Brands Hatch Return


Leon Haslam is looking forward to the weekend as the MCE British Superbike Championship heads to the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider has not ridden at the track in eight years and the former World Superbike race winner admits that he has the missed the circuit’s atmosphere.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve not ridden at Brands Hatch in years and the Indy Circuit is going to be very different to what I’m used to. It’s going to be a tough weekend, obviously Shakey has a special relationship with Brands Hatch but James is equally as impressive here – as we saw last year. 

“The atmosphere is always amazing, so I’m excited to be racing back at Brands. I’ve never won on the Indy Circuit before but the team has won at both rounds so far and although we’re still developing it, the ZX-10R is a strong package so hopefully I can change that this weekend.”

The JG Speedfit team has an impressive record at Brands Hatch, especially at last year’s Indy Circuit meeting. At that round of the 2015 season, James Ellison picked up pole position, two races wins and a new lap record.

The 1.2 mile track is the shortest on the BSB calendar.  The Kent circuit is  also the closest track to JG Speedfit so the team are likely to have plenty of support around the circuit once again.

The team have picked up race wins in the opening two rounds of the season and Team Principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen is confident that they can continue their form this weekend.

He said: “We’ve had a very good start to our 2016 British Superbike Championship campaign, having won both at Silverstone and Oulton. Historically, the Brands Hatch Indy track has been a strong event for us too so I’m confident we can continue that form this weekend.

It’s going to be a busy weekend on and off the track for the team, with Brands being the closest circuit for both JG Speedfit and Global Reach Partners we’ll have lots of guests and support from fans, so we will be doing everything we can to give them something to cheer about”