Leon Haslam heads to the final round of the 2023 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch looking to maintain the course in his late charge for this year’s title.
The ROKiT BMW Motorrad BSB rider, who is without a win this season on the BMW M 1000 RR, has nevertheless retained a say in this year’s title race on the back of a consistent run of results, among them ten podiums.
Though an ill-timed technical retirement while leading in the most recent Donington Park round has robbed Haslam of an even stronger platform ahead of the finale, the tweaked points’ format means his 41-point deficit remains well within range of a second title success.
“I am obviously really looking forward to Brands Hatch; it is a circuit that has a lot of history for the last round of the season. Back in 2017, we went in to the last round with a 32-point lead and somehow managed to lose it with a few issues, so we know anything can happen.
“We are still disappointed from Donington Park and with the mechanical in the last one because we would have been less than 20 points off the championship lead, which with the year that we have had and five technical DNFs that we have had, I would never have expected to be in this position.
“There is everything still to play for at Brands Hatch, there are 105 points available and 41 points behind. In the wet we seem to be a lot more competitive compared to our opposition and in the dry weather we are in with a shout as well. We will wait and see and I can’t wait to get going as anything can happen.”
With an increased 35 points available for victory in each of the final three races of the season, a total of 105-points is still on the table for the Kent finale.