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Leon Haslam competing on day 3 of the 2016 BSB in Cadwell Park
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Haslam Breaks Records at BSB Cadwell Park

Aug 302016

This weekend saw the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike Championships hosted at Cadwell Park for a bank holiday spectacular. Arguably the biggest event on the MCE BSB calendar, tens of thousands of fans travelled to see some of the world’s best riders give it their all in the run up to the showdown. This is one of the most unique circuits in the country; with it’s narrow layout, dramatic elevation, the infamous mountain section and a 30 degree incline, Cadwell park has gained the nickname, ‘the mini Nurburgring’!

Leon Haslam was on fighting form in qualifying, currently holding the circuit record, Haslam stormed through, setting the fastest ever MCE BSB lap around Cadwell Park, and being the first rider to sub 1.26 as he boosted into pole position with a 1’25,923!

 

‘I was so happy when I saw the time as my times on my dash didn’t work that time so I saw 26.1s and then made a couple of mistakes, but the lap time didn’t show so I wasn’t sure where I was so to have pole is great and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team have done an awesome job.’

Race one saw Shane Byrne take the win closely followed by a repeat performance by Haslam in second.  Along with Jason O’Halloran, the three riders have collected sufficient points and have become the first to secure places in the MCE BSB Showdown.

Haslam was on top form and went on to take victory in race two as O’Halloran and Byrne also gained themselves their second podium of the weekend.  Haslam had made adjustments to his new ZX-10R for race two. Fighting hard throughout the whole race, Haslam managed a series of fastest laps toward the end to create a gap and ease into his fourth win of the season!

 

‘We knew the bike had the pace and we knew we had to do something different in race two after missing out in the opener.  Sometimes those plans don't work out too well but it managed to work out perfectly. I tried to slow the pace up when in front and save the tyre and managed to have good pace at the end.’

 

Monster Energy’s Ian Hutchinson also dominated the Superstock 1000 race with a victory by 2.3 seconds!

 

With Haslam securing his place in the showdown, we now look towards Oulton Park!

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