British rider Leon Haslam was born in London on 31 May 1983 and lives in Derbyshire since childhood. Following in the footsteps of father Ron, a former road racer, Leon was introduced to racing at a young age.

National Youth Motocross champion in 1995 and 1996, Leon was soon competing in the British 125 championship, accumulating race wins and podiums. From there, he progressed onto the international stage in 2000, competing with the Italjet team in the 125cc world championship, before racing a privateer Honda NSR500V in the 500 class in 2001 and a 250cc Honda in 2002.

Leon Haslam

Background

British rider Leon Haslam was born in London on 31 May 1983 and lives in Derbyshire since childhood. Following in the footsteps of father Ron, a former road racer, Leon was introduced to racing at a young age.

National Youth Motocross champion in 1995 and 1996, Leon was soon competing in the British 125 championship, accumulating race wins and podiums. From there, he progressed onto the international stage in 2000, competing with the Italjet team in the 125cc world championship, before racing a privateer Honda NSR500V in the 500 class in 2001 and a 250cc Honda in 2002.

Haslam returned to the British series, and the Supersport category, for 2003. Competing for Renegade Ducati, he was soon given the opportunity to ride the Superbike following the departure of Sean Emmett. His best results in the SBK category were sixth-place finishes at both Assen and Magny Cours. He continued to race for Renegade in WorldSBK in 2004. He finished the season eighth overall with a best race result of 3rd, also claiming the title of rookie of the year.

In 2005, Haslam moved to BSB with the reformed GSE Racing Squad, now Airwaves Ducati. Haslam finished fourth overall. 2006 saw Leon continue on with the Airwaves sponsored GSE Ducati 999. He crossed the line second in eight of the first twelve races of the 2006 season and fought for the title right to the last race of the season at a wet Brands Hatch. Despite a win in the season’s final race, Leon rounded out the year in second place. Aboard the Ducati once again in 2007, another string of strong results saw Leon finish the season in third place overall.

Come 2008, Haslam joined Airwaves’ rivals HM Plant Honda. Despite struggling early on, he fought back to secure some race wins later in the year. That same year, the Brit made two wildcard appearances in the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park and Portimão. A competitive showing at Donington ended with disappointing results, while at Portimão he finished third in race two.

Leon moved back to WorldSBK for the 2009 season, joining the Stiggy Honda team. He started strong with a third-place finish at season-opener Phillip Island. Going on to score further podiums throughout the season, he finished the sixth overall, easily the strongest privateer.

Haslam’s impressive results in 2009 encouraged Alstare Suzuki to sign him up for the 2010 season. A good decision, as the rider secured his first World Superbike win at the Australian season-opener. Leon’s run of strong results continued, the rider in the mix for the title until the penultimate round, Haslam ultimately finishing second.

Haslam joined the BMW team for the 2011 and 2012 Superbike World Championship seasons. Results proved fairly positive, though not at the level seen in 2010. Haslam rounded out the series in fifth place in 2011 and in eighth position in 2012.

For the 2013 season he joined Team Pata Honda. The rider was in for a tough season, one that he concluded in thirteenth position. One highlight of his year was the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in Japan, an event he won as part of a team with Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi. The trio repeated the feat in the 2014 Suzuka 8 Hours. The 2014 WorldSBK season with Ten Kate Pata Honda brought  average results (seventh overall), which led Haslam to sign with the Red Devils Roma Team for 2015, aboard the Aprilia. A very strong season ensued, the British rider’s string of wins and podiums enough to see him conclude the year in fourth position overall.

From 2016 to 2018, Haslam competed in the British Superbike Championship aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R. After closing the 2016 season in second place overall and 2017 in third position, Haslam was crowned 2018 champion at the Brands Hatch finale.

2019 saw him make a return to WorldSBK, with the Kawasaki KRT factory team. A trio of third-place finishes helped boost his points tally, the Brit rounding out the season in seventh position.

For 2020, Haslam will ride the new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP for the official Team HRC in WorldSBK, alongside team-mate Alvaro Bautista.

 

Career

 

Personal File
Born: London on 31 May 1983
Lives: Smalley, Derbyshire, England.
Age: 36
Height:  1,73
Weight: 70
Race Number: 91
Hobbies: Cycling, Training, motocross
Favourite circuit: Phillip Island
Twitter: @realleonhaslam
Website: www.leonhaslam.com

 

WorldSBK statistics
Races: 254
Podiums: 45 (5 wins, 16 seconds, 24 thirds)
Fastest laps: 6
Pole Positions: 3

1995: UK youth motocross champion
1996: UK youth motocross champion
1997: Gilera UK scooter champion, debut in Honda CB500 Cup
1998: 7th UK 125cc championship
1999: 5th UK 125cc championship, 4th Spanish 125cc championship, 125cc GP wild card,
2000: 27th 125cc Grand Prix Championship, 7th UK 125cc championship
2001: 19th 500cc Grand Prix Championship
2002: 18th 250cc Grand Prix Championship
2003: 11th UK Supersport Championship, 11th UK Superbike Championship, 21st Superbike World Championship
2004: 8th Superbike World Championship, 19th UK Superbike championship
2005: 4th British Superbike championship
2006: 2nd British Superbike championship
2007: 3rd British Superbike championship
2008: 2nd British Superbike championship
2009: 6th Superbike World Championship
2010: 2nd Superbike World Championship
2011: 5th Superbike World Championship
2012: 8th Superbike World Championship
2013: 13th Superbike World Championship, Suzuka 8H winner
2014: 10th Superbike World Championship, Suzuka 8H winner
2015: 4th Superbike World Championship
2016: 2nd British Superbike Championship
2017: 3rd British Superbike Championship
2018: British Superbike Champion2019: 7th Superbike World Championship, Suzuka 8H winner
2020: Superbike World Championship with Team HRC