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Haslam considering options, ponders Suzuki return

Leon Haslam says his options for the 2016 season could involve a year out to potentially develop Suzuki's new Superbike.
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.”


Tagged as: Suzuki , Aprilia , Leon Haslam

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ianisme

October 23, 2015 10:01 AM

primal: Please go do some testing or join daddy teaching kids to ride, you fail with every brand out there ducati, Suzuki, Honda, aprilia and now you are dreaming to be world , really nice guy in person but not ran Haslam when it comes to racing
You have no clue. Lets see you outride some of those "kids" who take the Ron Haslam race school. Leon is a talented and professional rider who gets on with the job without complaint or inflated claims as to his own abilities. Much like his dad in fact. Ron was respected and admired for his abilities on a bike over the years and Leon is cut from the same mould. I'll back him to win in the wet any day, again just like his dad. His wins this year were in the dry and just how many riders actually won races this year? He has consistently beaten his team mate (who I also rate highly) and that has been the case year in, year out.

anotherbackseatdriver

October 21, 2015 10:48 PM

primal: Please go do some testing or join daddy teaching kids to ride, you fail with every brand out there ducati, Suzuki, Honda, aprilia and now you are dreaming to be world , really nice guy in person but not ran Haslam when it comes to racing
Interesting statement, I'm assuming your a WSB rider if so kudos to you. Do you really think Suzuki, Honda and Aprilia are lemons and have no insights into rider capability. Interesting food for thought though.....



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