A rain-soaked Oulton Park was the venue for round 10 of the British Superbike Championship, the weekend didn’t get off to the smoothest start for the Muc-Off sponsored JG Speedfit Kawasaki team as the torrential rain drenched the Cheshire circuit for the majority of the track time. In addition to the dismal conditions, a mechanical fault in qualifying saw Leon Haslam not contest a flying lap and so start at the back of the grid for the Oulton Park opener!
With the JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders nightmare qualifying behind him and a fresh engine installed into his ZX10R, Haslam launched from the back of the field slicing his way through the pack to reach a fantastic third place in Race 1, Which considering his nightmare qualification was thrilled with his recovery ride.
As the rain abated for Race 2 and rejuvenated from his Race 1 performance and pace, Leon started from a strong position for Race 2, Leon screamed off the line and was involved in a race-long battle for the podium with the Moto Rapido Ducati of Tommy Bridewell as well as the Honda of Jason O'Halloran along with fellow championship rival Jake Dixon (RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki) out front with whom he battled the entire race but ran of laps to challenge for the lead. Ultimately finishing in 2nd place just +1.129s behind his adversary Dixon who gained ground on Haslam due to his race 1 and 2 victories, cutting Haslam's championship lead to 31 points with just 2 rounds to go!
Despite losing his run of top step performances, having come into Oulton Park off the back of five consecutive victories, Haslam maintained his rostrum record which stretches back to Thruxton’s race two!
The BSB championship now heads abroad to its flyaway round of Assen, Holland (and one of Leons favourite tracks!) taking place September 28-30th