Q&A with Leon Haslam
Find out how Leon Haslam has adapted to BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
Q: Have you been able to adapt easily to BMW Motorrad Motorsport?
A: Yes, definitely. It’s really an exciting time for me. The potential of the team is massive. Our first test sessions went off well, and together we aim to achieve a lot. That is why our preparations are going ahead at full speed.
Q: What do you think of your new ‘working tool’, the BMW S 1000 RR?
A: The production motorcycle is fantastic, and that provides the basis for a very, very good racing motorcycle. BMW is such a massive organisation that the opportunities are unlimited, particularly on the technical side. I have never experienced anything like this anywhere.
Q: How well do you get on with your teammate Troy Corser?
A: Troy and I have known each other for a long time. In my early days he helped me a great deal, so to have him as a team-mate is fantastic. He has raced for BMW Motorrad for two years now, and has years of experience in the Superbike World Championship. We will work very hard together in order to win races.
Q: Was there ever a stage in your career when you wanted to do something different, and not follow in your father’s footsteps as a motorcycle racer?
A: This is the only thing I ever wanted to do. I am a somewhat ambitious person and love competition. I played football, I raced in motocross, I have contested rallies. Regardless of what I do – I set out to win. And, to me, motorcycle racing is the ultimate sport.
Q: What are your strengths – as a racer and as a person?
A: I believe I have very good people around me, and that I am able to exploit that at the track. I am able to extract the best out of any given equipment, and I am not the type of rider who constantly goes over the limit, only to crash. That is important when you set out to be successful. As a person I am really laidback and relaxed, and don’t get wound up quickly.
Q: What are your aims for 2011?
A: We aim to be able to fight for wins. That is the clear goal set by BMW Motorrad, and I want to claim victory for this team. This motorcycle definitely has the right stuff. I am looking forward to the new season; it will be a long and hard year, but I am convinced we will achieve our objectives.