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Haslam and Honda join forces for WorldSBK 2020

Tuesday, November 05 2019

Leon Haslam will remain in the World Superbike Championship after confirming he will switch to the Honda team for the 2020 season.

Haslam made his full-time series comeback in 2019 and scored six podiums across the year with Kawasaki. He now re-joins the manufacturer he raced with in 2009 and in 2013, with the operation to be run by the official factory HRC team for the first time.

The Donington local, the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Champion, will partner Alvaro Bautista at the new-look team, which will also debut a heavily revamped Fireblade machine in 2020.

Haslam commented: "I am excited about the possibility of joining the HRC project and the new bike as well. It's a dream come true and I just can't wait to get out there and get on the bike. From my side, just the thought of HRC coming back into the paddock was intriguing by itself, there was a lot of secrecy about what it was and what the bike was.

"For me, to have the opportunity and to be involved with it is definitely something that I was aiming for. The aim is always to win; Honda and HRC have not come here to finish second, that is for sure. Obviously, it is a new bike and a new team to the championship, so testing is going to be very important. I'm pretty confident we can hit the ground running and Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks where we kick off in February, so it is not long to wait."

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