‘LEON IS GREAT UN­DER PRES­SURE’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - RON HASLAM RAC­ING LEG­END

“This year has been mas­sive for Leon. He’s never rid­den a Kawasaki be­fore, he’s come back to Eng­land af­ter so many years in WSB and with all of that we knew it would be a big chal­lenge as the competition here is so strong.

“At one stage we maybe thought Shakey and the Du­cati were a bit too strong. We thought he might have had a bit more in hand as well, but Leon and the team have been able to get to the same stan­dard now and the bat­tle is re­ally on.

“Leon is great at deal­ing with pres­sure and that’s im­por­tant for the next three rounds as you can’t get away with mak­ing a mis­take in the early laps by push­ing your­self too hard. I think this is an area where Leon has re­ally ma­tured over the years. I think rac­ing in the Suzuka Eight Hour has re­ally helped with that as it’s taught him how to run a good pace with­out go­ing over the top so you can make it last for the end re­sult and hope­fully that will put him in good stead for the Show­down.

“Win­ning the ti­tle would mean ev­ery­thing to Leon. It has been a tough year but we think there’s still much more to come from the bike. He’s just come in to his own now and what bet­ter time to do it than at this part of the sea­son?”

‘At one stage we thought Shakey and the Du­cati were too strong’ RON HASLAM

Leon pre­pares to face the Show­down

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