- Written by Leon Haslam
- Created: 17 July 2015
I hope you are all enjoying the Summer, though the weather has not been at its best here in the UK… what a big surprise, eh?!
As you probably noticed, the last few WSBK races have been fairly tough for me, yet paradoxically still rather rewarding. We managed two podium places over the last two circuits, despite a fair few issues to deal with at each of those events.
My injury troubles are now nearly an old memory and I am very close to being back to full fitness. It was still a big issue in Portugal, but the Misano race was the first time I did not need injections to be able to ride. Another big bonus in Misano was having a third teammate in the legend that is Max Biaggi, aka The Roman Emperor! That was very exciting, to have him alongside us. We ended the weekend by celebrating my dad's birthday, which we spent on Frankie Chilie's beach.
Since then, I have been up to a fair few things. I hosted my Sparks charity golf day, which was a big success… even though Alex Lowes won again! I took part in the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is always such a fantastic event. Riding up the hill with legends such as Freddie Spencer, Kenny Roberts and Valentino Rossi…what else does one dream of?! I went to the Cardiff World Speedway event to watch Tai Woffinden, who extended his lead in the World Championship – all in all a great night! My dad and I spent a couple of days trail riding and we had another day on the MX bikes, which was great fun, especially as I had not ridden an MX for such a long time.
Our School (http://www.haslamraceschool.com/) is getting busier and busier; we keep meeting some fantastic riders and characters. I had a terrific day there recently, when I got to play around and do some pillion rides. Finally, I got into the Wimbledon spirit and my friend, pro boxer Jack Perry, and I put some hours in on the courts. Let me tell you, my legs are not cut for tennis! Especially after a few weeks training extremely hard with my personal trainer Kirk.
I now cannot wait to get racing again and I am literally counting the seconds until Laguna Seca! I am just focusing on preparing as well as I can. The next race, Malaysia, comes soon after. I am very much looking forward to those two race weekends as I think the tracks and warmer temperatures will suit the RSV4 brilliantly. It feels way too long since I last stood on the top step, so I intend to give it my all to change that, starting in the US this coming weekend! As always, thank you very much for your support back home, something I am very grateful for.