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Images from Day 2 at BSB Assen

Haslam Assen double takes 2016 BSB to exciting Brands finale

Oct 052016

British Superbike fans have been treated to some exceptional action and drama in 2016 and rather fittingly the competition will go down to the final laps, minutes and tenths of a second at Brands Hatch in two weeks time. JP Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam stoked the fire of a championship dispute by winning both races this weekend at the penultimate round of twelve at Assen.

The series made a watery hop across the English Channel and to the hallowed Dutch curves with Shane Byrne in control of the standings but Haslam still in with a strong chance of the ’16 crown through the last ebbs of the ‘Showdown’ stages.

Byrne made it hard for himself in the second race and has to push hard from the fringes of the top ten as Ellison was also in the reckoning early on. Haslam was in a more resilient frame of mind and headed the pack for most of the distance until Byrne pushed through to second place. The ‘91’ Kawasaki seemed to become wider and wider and Haslam was error-free to grab the chequered flag once more. Haslam now shares the most season wins with Byrne (with seven triumphs) and Assen represented his second ‘shut out’ of 2016.


“It is a very fast, flowing kind of circuit and it doesn't really suit me or this kind of bike so to manage to still control the race and be within myself I’m quite happy with that,” said Haslam who has twice finished as runner-up in BSB history and is just 17 points behind Byrne with 75 up for grabs.


“I made a small mistake coming out of the final chicane and hit the red curb so it was much closer than I wanted it to be!” he added on the epic first race ending. “You cannot break away here and it always comes down to a battle on the last lap.”


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