Leon Haslam heads into the final two races of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship in the hope that he can still capture the title.
Haslam’s task became even harder yesterday when a broken handlebar in qualifying left him 17th on the grid for race one of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
Things became even worse for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider in the opening race – which was full of accidents, rain, restarts and pace car interventions.
After the first stoppage Leon battled up from his lowly grid position to get as far as second place before rain started falling, holding up proceedings, with wet practice and a further restart.
Haslam made another positive start but his race soon came to an end as he suffered from a nasty-looking highside.
A disapointed Haslam said: “I feel more gutted than anything right now but I haven’t given up. I had come back from the crash we had this morning, to be pushing through the pack and was up to second before the rain came.
“On the restart it was tricky and I had a few moments so I eased off a little, but then it obviously wasn’t enough as it just threw me off and slapped me down pretty hard. I just feel a bit sore and stiff now so I have got some ice on it and I am going to be ready for tomorrow.”
With Shane Byrne finishing the first race in sixth place, Haslam now finds himself 27 points behind his championship rival as we head into the final day of the season.
Haslam commented: “For me the situation is the same as it was today; I have to win both races tomorrow and I have to hope that some of the other guys get between me and Shakey. But we saw today that anything can happen so I certainly haven’t given up on the title yet.”
Today’s races are scheduled to get underway at 1:15pm and 4pm.