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Brands BSB: ‘Byrne will come out fighting’ - Haslam

MCE British Superbike series leader Leon Haslam goes into this weekend’s Brands Indy round with a 50-point advantage over title rival Shane Byrne at his home track but the Derbyshire rider is well aware of how quickly things can change at the 1.2-mile circuit.

Haslam knows that because the of the track’s nature, no mistakes can be made and there are few passing places so any overtakes are likely to be hard and bordering on rude.

“I just need to get my head down at Brands Hatch. This year has been the best start for me; this time last year we came into this round on the back foot and this year it has been a complete contrast by taking the first two wins,” said the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man.


“It is important to not get too carried away; it is a long season and my concentration is on myself and trying to keep up this winning momentum. I am feeling confident but until we get out on track we won’t know how it will all stack up on a different track.

“The shorter lap of the Indy circuit means you cannot afford to make any mistakes and you do have to be committed to a move, however I have never had a problem with a hard pass and that adds to the races here because everyone does get involved.

“I won here last year and it was only by making a move at the last meter before the line so you really can’t count on anything until the finish. I feel that we are going into this round stronger than I was last year, but we know that Byrne is going to come out fighting and that this has been a good track for riders like Ellison and Laverty in the past too. I think that this could also be a strong round for Sylvain and Davide but we will find out on Easter Monday.”

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