WSB: Leon Haslam out of Kawasaki factory team


Leon Haslam's time on the factory green bike will stop at the end of this season.
Leon Haslam’s time on the factory green bike will stop at the end of this season.

So far, Leon Haslam has scored six podiums in 2019’s WSB championship and is sixth in the overall standings. But it’s not been enough for him to hold onto his Kawasaki factory seat after this season.

Paddock rumours have had, for some time now, Leon Haslam out of the squad and Alex Lowes taking his place as teammate to five-times Champion Jonathan Rea. Lowes recently parted company with the Yamaha WSB team.

Whilst we’re waiting for confirmation that Lowes is taking over the green spot, here’s what Guin Roda, KRT Team Manager said about Haslam’s departure: “A primary target for 2019 was for Leon to experience the KRT way of working and to take his race rhythm and performance to a new level with goals like competing at Suzuka as a tempting prospect,.

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“Winning the 2019 8 Hours race with Jonathan Rea after a 25 year gap for Kawasaki was certainly an incredible achievement alongside regular top five placings in WorldSBK including several podium visits.

“To achieve all of this despite being away from WorldSBK for three years is testament to Leon’s skill as a rider. Especially as he has endured injuries this year, many of which have not been apparent and have certainly not hindered his hunger for success.

“It is my hope that Leon can stay within the Kawasaki family for 2020 and use his KRT experience on factory Ninja machinery to achieve yet more success as well as competing again at the Suzuka 8-Hours. Everyone at KRT wishes Leon well for the future.”

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