King Leon Haslam stretches his lead in British Superbike standings

TOP OF THE TREE -- Leon Haslam leads the British Superbike standings.
TOP OF THE TREE -- Leon Haslam leads the British Superbike standings.

Motorcycling ace Leon Haslam still felt pangs of regret despite stretching his lead in the MCE British Superbike Championship standings at the weekend.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider Haslam bagged his third victory of the season in the fourth round of action at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland, and duly surged 13 points clear of his closest rival, Shane Byrne.

But he felt that without bad weather, he could have added another win in the second Knockhill race, which he led after lap three, only to end up finishing sixth.

“We’ve extended the championship lead, but it should have been a very easy second win and not sixth place,” said the 33-year-old Haslam.

“With about 12 laps to go in the second race, I couldn’t see anything because of the rain. I had to ride cautiously and dropped three to four seconds a lap at the end. It wasn’t anything to do with the bike. It was purely because I couldn’t see.

“I had felt good. I felt that with the pace I had at the front, I could have gone more quickly at any point, but I just couldn’t see properly through my visor.

“Even so, I’m still feeling pretty confident heading into the next round at Snetterton next week. I have a test in Japan before then, and we will take the positives from Knockhill.”

The main positive was race one, which went exactly to plan for Haslam after he had qualified in third place on the grid. He got off to a flying start, moved his way to the front and got the better of a battle with Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot before the crossing the line in first.

Haslam’s JG Speedfit Kawasaki teammates, James Ellison and Peter Hickman, sit fifth and eighth in the standings after solid point-scoring rides at Knockhill. After the weekend, team owner Mark Smith Halvorsen said: “In tight working conditions and lots of inclement weather, I’m really proud of the way the team worked and the results we achieved.”