Leon Haslam was presented with the British Rider of the Year award at the Guild of Motoring Writers annual dinner and awards evening at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, London.

Haslam, the 2010 World Superbike Championship runner-up, received the trophy to join legendary riders such as Mike Hailwood and Barry Sheene as a recipient of the award.

"It was a great night and it was a privilege to be recognised by the Guild, especially as the majority of the 500 or so members are from the four-wheeled world," said Haslam.

The Guild is the world's largest organisation for motoring journalists with members in 26 countries and more than 350 from the UK.

Haslam led the WSBK title chase from rounds 1-6, before eventual champion Max Biaggi (Aprilia) took control from Salt Lake City onwards.

Haslam is moving from Alstare Suzuki to BMW for 2011.