Leon Haslam to Race for BMW in 2012 WSBK

Leon Haslam to Race for BMW in 2012 WSBK

BMW Motorrad Motorsport has opted for continuity and was able to retain British rider Leon Haslam for 2012. The 28-year-old from Smalley in Derbyshire will 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.

“We’re delighted to be working with Leon again next season,” says BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier. “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 adds, “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.”

BMW has not announced a second rider for their 2012 season.

Leon Haslam profile:

Date of birth: May 31, 1983
Place of birth: Smalley, Derbyshire (GBR)
Residence: Smalley, Derbyshire (GBR)
Marital status: Married
Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
Weight: 148 lb. (67 kg)
Hobbies: Golf, wakeboarding, mountain biking
Passion: My family, motor racing
Favorite 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
Website: www.leonhaslam.com

Leon Haslam racing last weekend at the Nurburgring.

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