Leon Haslam 91

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.

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Alvaro Bautista 19

Born in Talavera de la Reina (Spain) on 21 November 1984, Alvaro first rode a motorcycle at the age of three. By the time he turned eight he was racing and finishing runner-up in a local championship in Madrid. He was crowned junior champion of the Spanish capital at the age of eleven, when he also competed in the 50cc Aprilia Cup for the first time, scoring a podium and finishing sixth overall. In 1998 he finished third in the same championship and in 1999 and 2000 he came to national attention thanks to his performances in the Movistar Activa Joven series.

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