Double Dutch for Haslam in Assen


Leon Haslam's amazing 2018 British Superbike season continued in fine form this past weekend at the iconic venue of TT Circuit Assen in Holland. Perfect weather greeted the annual pilgrimage across the Channel for the BSB circus, and it was to be a perfect weekend for Haslam as he stormed to a double race victory.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team endured a tough start to proceedings on Friday as both riders struggled to find a good setting for their Ninja ZX-10RR initially, but as the practise sessions went on, Haslam and Mossey both pushed towards the front of the pack, finishing P1 and P2 in the Free Practise session on Saturday morning. A strong qualifying session for Haslam saw him start from the front row of the grid for race 1, and after a long hard battle with fellow Kawasaki rider, Jake Dixon, eventually saw him cross the line less than a tenth of a second ahead of Dixon for the race win!

Race 2 was an eventful affair, with a huge crash for Dan Linfoot and Tommy Bridewell on lap 2 bringing out the safety car for a number of laps. When the race got going again, Tarran Mackenzie had a huge highside on the start and finish straight, narrowly avoiding injury as the ensuing pack of riders flew past either side of the stranded rider. The remainder of the race was contested at a fast pace, and after Dixon had to retire through mechanical failure, Haslam crossed the line to once again take the win in emphatic style!

Haslam now sits 61 points ahead of Dixon in the title chase with the final round taking place in 2 weeks' time at Brands Hatch, which will feature a triple header meaning 75 points still up for grabs. Haslam can now relax, and concentrate on hopefully taking the title in the first race of the weekend.

Ross Burridge, Senior Racing Co-ordinator for Kawasaki Motors UK was impressed with Haslam's performance, saying; “What a weekend! Leon truly has been faultless this year, and after two previous season's coming so close to the title, no one deserves it more. I can't wait for Brands Hatch now and to hopefully witness Leon clinch his first ever professional Championship which will set him up nicely for his move to Kawasaki Racing Team and the World Superbike Championship next season”.