Carole Nash is proud to sponsor Leon Haslam of the Red Devils Aprilia Racing Team. Known as 'Pocket Rocket', Leon is the son of road-racing legend 'Rocket' Ron Haslam, and has earned a reputation as one of motorcycling's biggest names to watch out for as 2016 approaches.
Name: Leon Lloyd Haslam
Date of birth: 31st May 1983
Birthplace: Smalley, Derbyshire
Bike: Aprilia RSV4
Race number: 91
Team: Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
Family: Married to Olivia; father to Ava and Max.
Leon has been a familiar face on the motorcycle racing circuit since he was a baby, often accompanying his family to watch his dad compete. It wasn't long before he was in the saddle himself and quickly showed he had inherited the family talent.
In 1995 and 1996, Leon was crowned the National Youth Motocross champion before winning the title of MCN Young Rider of the Year in 1998. By 2000 he had advanced into international racing with the Italjet team on its return to the 125cc world championship.
In 2001, racing a privateer Honda NSR500V, he became the youngest rider ever to compete in the series and claimed the 'rookie of the year' crown in 2004, riding for the Renegade Ducati team.
He returned to the British Supersport Championship for a four-year spell between 2005-2008, before securing a return to World Superbikes in 2009 with the Stiggy Honda team.
A run of impressive results for Stiggy led to him joining Alstare Suzuki in 2010. That same season, he achieved his first WSBK pole at Phillip Island, going on to win the race – his first WSBK victory – by just 0.004 seconds, the closest finish ever recorded.
After voicing his frustration at an alleged lack of resources from Suzuki, Leon joined the BMW team for the 2011 WSBK season. He moved to Team Pata Honda in 2013 alongside another Carole Nash sponsor, Jonny Rea.
In 2013 and 2014 Leon won the prestigious Coke Zero Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.
After a disappointing 2014, attributed to injuries and mechanical issues, Leon signed for the Aprilia Red Devils Roma Team in 2015, alongside Spanish team mate Jordi Torres. And with the season approaching its final phase, it already looks like being one of his most successful racing seasons in World Superbikes.
2014 – 7th World Superbike - Honda
2013 - 13th World Superbike – Honda
2012 - 8th World Superbike – BMW
2011 - 5th World Superbike – BMW
2010 - 2nd World Superbike – Suzuki
2009 – 6th World Superbike – Honda
2008 - 22nd World Superbike – Honda
2008 – 2nd British Superbike – Honda
2007 – 3rd British Superbike – Ducati
2006 – 2nd British Superbike – Ducati
2005 – 4th British Superbike – Ducati
2004 – 8th British Superbike – Ducati
2003 - 21st World Superbike – Ducati