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Ron Haslam Interview: “Lorenzo seems to have the edge”

Ron Haslam Interview: “Lorenzo seems to have the edge”

Former British GP rider Ron Haslam discusses what makes Silverstone so special, the British revival and who he thinks can win.

Ron Haslam was generally regarded as one of the best riders never to win a GP in a World Championship career that spanned from 1977 to 1993, managing 9 podiums and one pole position in 110 GP’s. The British rider became synonymous with Honda, but also rode for Suzuki, Cagiva, Norton and Yamaha during his career. Haslam was a TT Formula One World Champion, four-time British Champion, six-time Macau Grand Prix winner, Isle of Man TT winner and currently runs the Ron Haslam Race School at Donington Park in the UK:

Ron, what are your memories of Silverstone?
“My podium back in 1984 was just fantastic!! I think the biggest reason why Silverstone is so amazing is the fans. You can actually hear them when you are going around the track, which is very unusual as normally you are that focused you don’t hear anything. The memory of getting that third spot and all of the fans cheering me on, it was just fantastic. As a circuit Silverstone is amazing, fast, it’s got everything! It’s a bit bumpy, but that all adds to the excitement! I also made my Grand Prix debut there in 1977, so it’s a very special track to me.”

Who do you think will win the British GP?
“It’s been an incredible year, Lorenzo has really got himself together. I think to be honest Lorenzo goes really well at Silverstone. He likes it despite it being a bit tricky and bumpy, but he seems to enjoy the Silverstone track. I think Rossi and Marquez will be chasing him at the British GP. As for the title, I hate to say it as I am obviously synonymous with Honda, but Marquez has a lot on his plate now with Rossi & Lorenzo. He needs both of them to have bad luck, and I can’t see that happening. Lorenzo seems to have the edge at the moment, and if he can keep his momentum going, I can’t see him losing the title with the tracks left on the calendar.”

With the number of British riders in MotoGP™ plus Lowes and Kent in Moto2™ and Moto3™, have British fans ever had it so good?
“It’s absolutely fantastic at the moment, especially if you include WorldSBK’s!! It is absolutely fantastic for us. With Sam Lowes and Danny Kent coming through as well, you can see the potential for the future too for UK riders. I think to see a British World Champion in the premier class, the first thing that needs to happen is a British rider getting a Factory ride. You obviously need to be on a factory bike to win the title; it’s just a case of a ride opening up. It’s hard, you have Cal for instance, and even as good as he is, he is finding it hard to compete at the front at the moment. I think if the break comes for a British rider, and I think it will as we are seeing a number of riders coming through now, we could definitely see a British World champion in the premier class in the next few years.”


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