Leon Haslam - 2004 Rider Profile
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Date of Birth: 31 May 1983
Place of Birth: England
Home Town: Smalley, Derbyshire
Marital status: Single
Nickname: Pocket Rocket
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Blue/green
Hobbies: Golf, Football, Motocross, Snow boarding
Favourite Food: Fajitas
Favourite Drink: Banana milkshake
Own Car: Ranger Thunder Ford
Own Motorcycle: 999 Ducati
First Road Race: Brands Hatch 1997
First Win: Silverstone 1998
Favourite Circuits: Phillip Island
Most successful season: 2004
Best Moments: Win at Brands Hatch in BSB 2004 and first win on a CB500 at the British Grand Prix 1997
Ambition: Moto GP World Champion
Likes: People who are honest and straight
Dislikes: People who lie and are two faced
Favourite all time riders: Valentino Rossi, Ron Haslam, and Freddie Spencer
Most respected rival: Jeremy McWilliams
Sports Hero from other sport: Eric Cantona
Aims for this season 2005: Win BSB championship
Favourite Race in your career: Win at Donington GP 1997 on a CB500
Thoughts on British Super bikes: "It's going to be a really tough season and it's the best championship in the world".
li>1995: National Young Motorcross Champion
1997: Scooter Champion at age of 14
1998: Young Rider of the Year Award- MCN Magazine
1999: Winner Under 23 British Championship
2001: Youngest ever rider to compete in 500cc World Championship
2002: 7th in Portugal in debut season in 250cc GP class
2003: 12th in British Superbikes Championship
2004: Winner of BSB Race at Brands Hatch and named 'Rookie of the Year'
1995: At 12 years old, Leon claims his first British title- National Young Motocross Champion.
1996: He becomes the Motocross champion again but after two bad falls he decides to move to Road Racing.
1997: At the age of 14, the only class Leon could compete in was the Scooter Championships where he won 7 races out of nine, winning the Championship.
1998: Leon moved into the British Super Cup on RS125 Honda and broke many records including the youngest ever rider to win a British Race, which earned him the 'Young Rider of the Year award' from MCN Magazine.
1999: Leon's second year in the British 125cc class was another great season, winning the under 23 British Championship, coming 4th in the Spanish Championship and making his World Championship debut.
2000: Following in his father's footsteps, Leon debuts in the Grand Prix 125cc class with GP newcomers Italjet Racing- the first British rider in 125 GP's since Darren Barton in 1996. He eventually finished 17th having had a hard learning year with three 1st places, four pole positions and four fastest laps.
2001: Leon signs up with the GP Shell Advance 500cc team and is the youngest ever rider to compete in the 500cc World Championship.
2002: Staying in Grand Prix on a 250cc with Cibartel Honda team, he finishes 19th in the world with a fantastic 7th position in Portugal - mastering another class of racing.
2003: Leon returns to the UK with the Renegade Ducati team in the Supersport 600 where a 2nd position at Knockhill earned him a British Superbike ride for the second half of the season. He only competed in six rounds in each championship and finished 13th in both. He also competed in three World Superbike rounds, never once finishing outside the top 7.
2004: Leon competes a full season in the World Superbike Championship with
Renegade Ducati. He achieves his first podium in Germany and wins
the BSB at Brands Hatch in the British Round. He finished 8th overall
in the Championship and was awarded Rookie of the Year 2004.