LEON Haslam and the Bournemouth-based JG Speedfit Kawasaki team’s bid for glory continues at Brands Hatch in the final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the weekend.

The Derbyshire ace has been pushing hard in each round and has secured 14 first-place wins out of a possible 23 this season.

After finishing second in the BSB three times (2006, 2008 and 2016), Haslam was on course to win the championship last year before a crash in the final race resulted in a broken wrist and ankle and the end of his title dreams.

Now, his patience and tenacity might finally pay off in the grand finale.

Haslam’s 61-point lead stands him in good stead for the title and, with one hand on the trophy, he is showing no signs of easing off for the triple header.

Having sat at the top of the leaderboard for much for the season, Haslam knows better than to become complacent in the final round.

With a first, fourth and three third-place finishes under his belt at the circuit earlier in the season, Haslam will be using what he has learned to ensure he plays to his strengths and rides the Kawasaki ZX10-RR to victory this time.

Meanwhile, team-mate Luke Mossey is still hoping to claim a podium to finish the season on a high after suffering a range of challenges and difficult results.

Currently 16th in the championship, the Royston rider has overcome a spate of DNF results at Oulton Park and Snetterton in the earlier rounds.

His seven top-10 finishes have led to him amassing 90 championship points and he has consistently remained within the top-15 in the races he has completed.

Flying the flag for Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the final round of the Hyundai Construction Equipment British Sidecar Championship are Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood.

The pair, currently in fourth place in the main championship with 235 points and second in the F600 Cup with 334 points, hope to build on their second-place finish at Assen recently with another couple of solid performances to round off the season.

Haslam said: “I’m looking forward to Brands. Honestly, I can’t wait. I feel like I need to just wrap it up now.

“We’re in a really good position with a 61-point lead but I’ve still got a lot of objectives for Brands.

"The main objective is to win this championship, but also to win at Brands Hatch on a Kawasaki. I have won on quite a few other manufacturers around there but not on the GP circuit with the Kawasaki.

“I’d also like to get a podium place in all three races and ideally win all three. I’m really looking forward to it and to celebrating my first British superbike title.”

Mossey said: “I’m looking forward to the weekend. It’s the last round of the season – which I can’t believe – and we want to finish it on a high. I really like Brands Hatch and we’ve had great results there in the past.

“It’s no secret that we’ve not had the best season, but I’ve never lost focus despite all the setbacks. We’re going into the weekend with the aim of getting a rostrum.

"I want to come home with a trophy and shake a few things up in the Showdown – with it being a triple header we’ve got a few chances.”