Leon Haslam to make MCE BSB return!
Leon Haslam has announced he will return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike championship in 2016 riding for JG Speedfit Kawasaki. Having previously enjoyed multiple World and MCE BSB race wins he will be looking to head back to Britain to fight for the title that has eluded him in previous years.
Haslam finished runner-up to Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in the 2006 and 2008 seasons and has classed his return as 'unfinished business' in the series.
Before heading to the World stage in 2008 Haslam had 16 race victories under his belt in the MCE BSB, as well as 38 podium finishes.
The Derbyshire-rider won at the last round of the 2016 WSBK championship in Qatar, finishing the year in fourth place in the overall standings.
Haslam said: "I am really excited to be coming back to the MCE BSB because there is nothing like it and I want to be challenging to be number one every weekend - that is certainly my aim. I feel that I have unfinished business in the championship because I have just missed out on the title in the past and so I feel really motivated to try and change that next year with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team.
"I am excited to have a first ride of the new Kawasaki because there has already been so much positive feedback about it and if you look at the World Championship, that is the bike to beat and so to know we will be ready to come out fighting to win is a fantastic feeling. The first test is going to be about me adapting to the Kawasaki because we have lots to work on and develop, but fortunately the team have a great test programme so we will be ready to be pushing hard at the start of the season.
"I have always been brought up by my dad to try everything you can to never be beaten, no matter what it takes. Every race I go out there and I want to win and so next year I intend to get the best out of myself and the whole JG Speedfit Kawasaki team to make that happen. I obviously want to be in the Showdown, and those final three rounds are at arguably my three favourite circuits on the calendar. I won't be looking to be conservative though to get in that top six, I will be fighting all the way."
17.12.2015 - Big Ed