World Superbike: BMW Retains Haslam

2012 World Superbike

BMW Motorrad Motorsport have opted for continuity and were able to retain British rider Leon Haslam for 2012.

The 28-year-old from Smalley in Derbyshire will therefore ride a factory bike for the Munich-based manufacturer once again next season.

Haslam has so far collected two podium finishes (Phillip Island and Monza) and currently lies fifth in the WSBK championship standings with 176 points in his first season for BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motosport Director) says: “We’re delighted to be working with Leon again next season. Leon has impressed us from day one. We value and share his ambition, passion and absolute will to win. I’m in no doubt that we’ll be able to achieve our goals together.”

Leon Haslam says: “I am really happy to continue the relationship with BMW Motorrad, and I have full faith in the project. I cannot wait for the next year to start and to fight for the World Championship again. Now I can fully focus on the final three rounds of the 2011 season. I am optimistic to finish the year on a high.”

The identity of the team’s second factory rider for the 2012 season will be announced at a later stage.

Leon Haslam profile:

  • Date of birth: 31st May 1983
  • Place of birth: Smalley, Derbyshire (GBR)
  • Residence: Smalley, Derbyshire (GBR)
  • Marital status: Married
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Weight: 67 kg
  • Hobbies: Golf, wakeboarding, mountain biking
  • Passion: My family, motor racing
  • Favourite circuits: Phillip Island, Assen, Silverstone
  • First bike: Honda QR 50
  • First race: 1987, Argentina, 50cc class
  • Career highlights: 2006/2008: 2nd in British Superbike Championship
  • 2010 Superbike World Championship: Kyalami (RSA), Race 2
  • 2010 Superbike World Championship: 2nd in riders’ standings
  • WSBK record: 106 races, 22 podiums, 3 wins, 10 second places and 9 third places, 1 pole position, 3 fastest race laps
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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).