Leon Haslam recovers from crash to lead Superbike series

CUP OF CHEER -- Leon Haslam celebrates his second win of the season in the MCE British Superbike Championship. (PHOTO BY: Bonnie Lane)
CUP OF CHEER -- Leon Haslam celebrates his second win of the season in the MCE British Superbike Championship. (PHOTO BY: Bonnie Lane)

A second victory of the season propelled Leon Haslam to the top of the leaderboard in the MCE British Superbike Chammpionship on the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Haslam, who celebrates his 33rd birthday next Tuesday, recovered from a crash in practice 24 hours earlier to surge home and follow up with a fine third place in the second race of the day too.

Now the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider leads the series after three rounds with 93 points. The action continues at the Knockhill track in Scotland over the weekend of June 24-26.

“After the crash, I’ll take a win an a third all day,” said Haslam. “The bike felt really good in both races.

“I actually felt more comfortable in the second outing, but I just didn’t have the same grip, so I couldn’t go with the two front guys.

“I’ve never won on the Indy circuit before, and it was probably the circuit I was dreading most. So to walk away with two trophies and the series lead is brilliant. It sets us up for the rest of the season.

“We move on to Knockhill, which is a circuit I enjoy and one where I’ve had some good results. Like Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit, the short nature of the track mean it’s going to be a scrap but, hopefully, we can continue this form.”