Leon Haslam says he is hoping to announce his plans for the 2015 season imminently, but says Ducati and Aprilia could be the preferred options under the new regulations.
With Michael van der Mark already confirmed at PATA Honda for next season and Sylvain Guintoli linked to the second seat, Haslam has already made it clear that he is seeking a new ride for the 2015 season, with berths in World Superbikes and in British Superbikes rumoured.
However, fresh from taking his first podium as a PATA Honda rider at Magny-Cours – his first WSBK top three race result since 2012 -, Haslam says he has more options open to him than he anticipated at the moment.
“I have quite a few options, which considering the terrible season I have had I didn't think I would. The rules are a big factor and there are a lot of rumours about which bikes will be good, so it is more of a gamble than any other year about which decision to make. Hopefully I can make my decision and announce something soon.
Pressed on which manufacturers would be most favourable to him, Haslam mentions Ducati and Aprilia, with some speculation that he has been approached by both Barni Racing – which is set to step up to WSBK in 2015 –, Red Devils Roma or another Aprilia team. He also says he may consider a burgeoning WSBK project with a long-term target, thought to be MV Agusta.
“Looks like Ducati and Aprilia are the bikes for the new rule changes,” he continued. “Obviously the Kawasaki as well but those slots are filled at the moment, so Ducati and Aprilia look competitive. There are other options out there, not necessarily to win on straight away but for future projects that have shown a big interest. I have to make the right move, I don't want to wait another two years for a podium so I need to make the right choice.”