Leon Haslam escapes driving ban

WSB podium finisher fined £640 after being clocked at over 100mph in Ford Focus

WORLD SUPERBIKE racer Leon Haslam has escaped a driving ban after being caught doing 103mph.

Haslam, who is riding for Stiggy Honda in this year's WSB chamionship, admitted breaking the 70mph limit in his Ford Focus on the A50 on January 17. Derby Magistrates' Court heard how Haslam was stopped by police and found to have reached 103mph, reports the Nottingham Evening Post.

Haslam has other previous driving offences and also fronts a road safety campaign for motorcyclists in the Derbyshire area.

Rachel Young, defending for Haslam, said:

"Mr Haslam's driving licence does not make particularly good reading but he currently has only three points on it.
"It is an extremely positive thing that over the past few years he has been involved in various bike safety campaigns. He is aware of the impact which speed can have on certain circumstances and he works with the local police."

Haslam was fined £640 and ordered to pay £35 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

Magistrate Bob McBlane said:

"I am not going to lecture you about speed because you know more than me about that. What you did was irresponsible but we are giving you a chance and there will be no ban. I don't want to see you here any more."

Haslam said after the hearing: "There are really no excuses. It was just one of those things and I am sorry about it."

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