NOT TOO LATE FOR HASLAM… YET!
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?