Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER

The turn of events at Cad­well marked an im­por­tant stage in the 2016 MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike ti­tle fight with both Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam mak­ing huge state­ments to their ri­vals as they both con­firmed their spots in the three-round show­down.

For Byrne to beat Haslam at Cad­well in race one is mas­sive. The Lin­colnshire cir­cuit has been some­what of a neme­sis for the four-time cham­pion in re­cent years. He might have taken more podi­ums than any other rider at the 2.3-mile cir­cuit, but his vic­tory in Mon­day’s open­ing race marked the first time he’d won at Cad­well Park since 2003 on the Mon­ster­mob Du­cati.

On the other hand, Haslam is a Cad­well Park mas­ter. De­spite not hav­ing raced here in eight years, he

ar­rived as the sec­ond-most suc­cess­ful rider in the cir­cuit’s BSB his­tory with five vic­to­ries to his name.

Haslam had to beat Byrne this week­end, as if he couldn’t beat him at what Byrne ad­mits is worst round on the cal­en­dar, his chances of beat­ing him over the re­main­ing four rounds would be slim.

Time is run­ning out for Haslam and the JG Speed­fit Kawasaki team if they’re to stop Byrne tak­ing a record fifth ti­tle and now they’ve shown they can beat him they’ll need to carry that mo­men­tum for­ward with 15 podium cred­its on of­fer from three races at Oul­ton Park.

‘If Haslam couldn’t beat Byrne here his hopes were slim’ OLI RUSHBY

Leon’s on a high, but is it too late?

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