Assen BSB: One hand on the title for Haslam as Dixon retires

It was a disaster for Jake Dixon who had to give up 25 points to Leon Haslam after a mechanical issue saw the Blue, Red, and White Kawasaki retire from race 2 in Assen.

Peter Hickman lined up on pole position for the second race of the day and grabbed the early advantage in what was a crazy opening few laps.

It started when Michael Laverty got caught up in an incident at turn 3 which left the Irishman in the gravel. A few laps later Dan Linfoot ran into the back of Leon Haslam on the exit of the Gert Timmer Chicane sending Linfoot into a highside, landing in the path of Glenn Irwin who had to run over Linfoot’s leg. Tommy Bridewell also had nowhere to go as he rammed into the stricken Fireblade, which lit up in flames after being hit by the number 46 Panigale.

The safety car was called out whilst they cleared the carnage of the accident, but more drama would unfold as the safety car pitted with race 1 superstar Tarran Mackenzie high-siding out of the chicane and nearly getting ran over by a cat-like Dean Harrison who managed to swerve around Tarran Mackenzie as he got to his feet.

After all the carnage Leon Haslam was in fifth whilst Hickman, Dixon Brookes, and Cooper pulled away at the front.

Josh Brookes then managed to pass Cooper before then passing Dixon and Hickman for the lead of the race.

A hard-charging Leon Haslam then got the better of Cooper before launching an attack himself on his fellow showdown riders.

Photo Credit: Josh Brookes Twitter

The championship would take a huge turn as Jake Dixon pulled over on the exit of the Strubben hairpin with an issue with his Kawasaki leaving Haslam to chase down McAms Yamaha’s Josh Brookes.

Haslam lined Brookes up making the pass on the Aussie whilst Hickman sat back in third.

Eventually, when the flag dropped it was Haslam who led Brookes and Hickman home.

Click here for the latest championship standings.

The final round of the Bennetts British Superbike championship will take place at Brands Hatch on 12th-14th October, a track that has not been nice to Haslam in recent years.

Featured Image Credit: Bennetts Twitter

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