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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?

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