The Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider is determined to have a successful end to his 2016 campaign and that means three race finishes, hopefully well inside the points-scoring positions.
“In one way it feels like we’ve just started the season and now here we are at the last race meeting,” says the 26-year-old. “I’m going to do my very best and finish as high as possible in the races. It is a shame that the end of the season has arrived so quickly, but at the same time I’m looking forward to having the winter off to recover and regain my focus for 2017.”
For the Swedish rider it’s been a difficult year, with a pre-season testing crash resulting in a collar-bone break, as well as big falls at Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park. “This has really hit my season hard,” says Filip. “The thing with racing is that you don’t have the time to develop your training until the winter, so you focus on different areas fitness-wise over this period then during the season you maintain that, but when you have crashes it becomes incredibly difficult. I’m eager to come back fit and strong for 2017, but throughout the year I’ve not been able to keep myself at 100 per cent, so I need to use these next few months to build myself up to where I was before.”
But, before he looks to recuperation there are still three 20-lap races to attend to at the 2.43-mile Brands GP circuit. “My aim is to finish all the races at the weekend. We have brought some upgrades to the bike, but mainly I want to go out there and enjoy every moment with some great races. I would like a good fight with the other riders and to hopefully score some points. There are plenty of guests and sponsors coming over so it will be a case of seeing them, as well as relishing my time on track.”
Brands is one of the world’s most exhilarating tracks, with fast and slow corners, as well as many elevation changes. With the championship still alive for the two main protagonists and everyone wanting to impress in the final races, it promises to be an exciting conclusion to the season.
Brands Hatch schedule of events – MCE British Superbike Championship
Friday 14th October: Free Practice 1 at 10:15, Free Practice 2 at 15:15.
Saturday 15th October: Free Practice 3 at 09:00, Qualifying at 11:05, Race 1 at 15:45.
Sunday 16th October: Warm up at 10:00, Race 2 at 13:15, Race 3 at 16:00.