BATTLE FOR BSB TITLE CAN HASLAM HANG ON?
While Leon Haslam boasts a comfortable points advantage, the fact he’s become perennial bridesmaid will no doubt be playing on his mind.
“Going in to Brands 32 points in the lead is better than being 32 points behind,” Haslam said. “There are two people who can take it away from me and to do that one of them has to win all three races and all I have to do is make sure I’m not too far behind. But I am a racer so if I can win a race I’ll go to win a race!”
Haslam has never approached the final round in a position where the title was his to lose. He’s been in contention before, just like he was last year, but this year as long as he stays on and finishes towards the sharp end, the trophy is his.
“I went in last year 17 points behind, so I had to win all three to take the championship if nothing happened to Shakey. This year it’s different as those two are going to be fighting for the wins. We’ll approach the weekend as normal, get the bike working the best we can and if we can win the first race then that puts us in a strong position.
“Winning this title would mean a lot to me. It feels like we’ve been here many times before. The one that really bugs me is 2006, when I think I should have beaten Kiyo but a red flag hurt us in the final round. In 2008, we achieved the best we could with the bike we had and in WSB in 2010 we exceeded expectations on the Suzuki. Last year we had a bike capable of winning but I cocked it up in the Showdown, so hopefully we can rectify that this year.”
Will 2017 be the year that Leon finally gets his hands on the big prize?