WSB: Leon Haslam to make four wildcard appearances with Team Pedercini Kawasaki

Leon Haslam will make four World Superbike appearances this season
Leon Haslam will make four World Superbike appearances this season

Bennetts British Superbike Championship rider Leon Haslam will make wildcard appearances at four World Superbike Championship events with Team Pedercini Kawasaki this season.

Haslam returns to the British series with VisionTrack Kawasaki this season after spending the last three years in WSB. Haslam spent a single campaign with KRT alongside Jonathan Rea, before joining Team HRC alongside Alvaro Bautista.

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Now, the 2018 BSB champion will make appearances on the world stage at the following events:

  • R4 – Misano (June 10-12)
  • R5 – Donington Park (July 15-17)
  • R6 – Most (July 29-31)
  • R9 – Portimao (October 7-9)

“I am super excited,” Haslam said. “I’ve known Lucio for so many years and actually raced against him back in the day when I first started. I did a one-off wildcard with the team in Qatar a few years back and managed to finish in the top five and I have a lot of fond memories of being a part of the team.

“To be able to come back and ride with them again after all these years is really exciting for me and I hope we can achieve some good results together. The focus of course is BSB, but we have been able to find a solution that will see me return to the WorldSBK for these four races and I am really looking forward to it.”

Haslam isn’t the only BSB rider making wildcard appearances this year. Reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie will make his debut at Assen (R2 – April 22-24), before racing at Donington Park and one other European circuit which is yet to be confirmed. Haslam will be racing a full WSB factory-spec Yamaha R1 with his McAMS Yamaha team.

The 2022 WSB season gets underway at Aragon this weekend.

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Josh Close

By Josh Close

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