SBK: Leon Haslam, a life in racing [VIDEO] – Superbike

Leon Haslam, a life in the racing world. This could be the title of the video with which the son of “Rocket” Ron told his career, from when he was six months up to the present day. “I was six months old the first time they took me to a paddock” says the Team HRC Superbike rider “but my first memory is linked to the Honda QR 50 given to me by my father, my first bike with which I wandered in the paddocks while my father was racing”.

Leon has never stopped riding since then. “Trial, motocross or track bike. I’ve always liked driving everything “. In the video, in addition to the images of when he was a boy, there are also those of the collection that the Haslam family has organized in a sort of “museum” that collects suits, helmets and lots of photos of both Ron and his son. There is also a bulletin board that contains the prostheses that have been inserted into their bodies to remedy the injuries that unfortunately have not been lacking in the careers of both. “I got seven leg fractures – Leon specifies – in addition to various others of lesser importance “.

Leaving aside the negative memories, which, as the English rider himself says, nevertheless served to make him a stronger rider, the positive ones are mostly starting from the Suzuka 8 Hours which he won three times, two with Honda and one with Kawasaki. To complete his palmares there is also a BSB, a second place in the Superbike World Championship and a MotoGP race alongside Valentino Rossi with the 2-stroke Honda V4. “A bike that I will never forget – he claims – “as well as the NSR 500 on which I climbed after 8 years spent in 125”.

Anyone who knows Leon Haslam knows how important family is to him. Before the pandemic the whole family followed him on the track and in addition to his wife Olivia and his two children, Father Ron and Mom Ann were never missing either. “The relationship with my father is fantastic – Leon comments pleased – he helps me in everything and his advice is always precious and has always played an important part in my successes “.

His world career began in 1998 and shows no sign of ending even though Leon at 38 years old is the veteran of the Superbike world championship. “Before hanging the helmet on the nail – confides – I would like to do two races: a 24-hour endurance race and the Daytona 200-mile race. “

Never say never.


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