Leon Haslam says he is considering his options for next season having not yet sealed a deal for 2016, teasing a potential move back to Suzuki to help develop its latest Superbike.
The 2010 WSBK runner-up ended his 2015 season in style with a second win of the season in Qatar, but with Aprilia not yet certain of its plans for next season as it focuses on its burgeoning MotoGP effort, his future is not yet assured.
A similar scenario to that of last season, when Haslam's future seemingly hinged on whether Aprilia would continue, the Englishman says he has options to explore for 2016 but admits he is playing the waiting game.
“It is tough,” he told the official WSBK website. “Obviously, I would love to stay with Aprilia for another season. This year, with the homologation, it's put us on the back foot, but I'm confident with this bike and team that we can do good things. It's nice to have a lot of other options from other teams, but right now I'm kind of waiting and seeing.
“I'm fourth in the championship and the only guy to have won a race this year who is (currently) out of a job. I'm confident there will be something, but I just want to make the right decision and be on something competitive next year.”
Without discounting Aprilia deciding to continue, Haslam says one of his options could involve a return to Suzuki – with whom he mounted a title challenge in 2010 – to head up development of its new GSX-R1000. However, he says that could also result in a year out of competition.
“I want to be World Superbike Champion. With how to do that, and get the right bike and team to do that, there are a lot of different avenues. Suzuki are planning to come back (with a new bike) in a couple of years' time and it might mean a year out to come back, or a ride with a satellite team to prove my worth and step back up again.
“Also, there is the possibility of Aprilia continuing to win it next year. My heart is to win the World Championship. I feel I am riding the best I have ever ridden, I have got over a lot of bad injuries the last few years and, looking at how I am riding this year.”