Between them they may have accumulated half a ton of silver in the form of winning trophies, but how would Britain’s best fair when they swapped tarmac for shale with the distinct disadvantage of no gears and even more worryingly no brakes!
The event held at Coventry Stadium was the first leg of an exclusive ‘bike swap’ which saw super bike riders Pocket Rocket Leon Haslam and Karl Bomber Harris make their speedway debut under the instruction of Coventry Bees and Great Britain’s G.P riders Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris. And it has to be said that what the lads lacked in speedway experience they more than made up for in enthusiasm!
They set off at a slow pace – but we’re only talking the distance from pits to track….And then they were really on the gas. Leon’s dad ‘Rocket Ron Haslam’ joined in with the Super Bike duo and despite the difference in age gave the pair a good run for their money. This was however, not Ron’s maiden voyage on the shale as he had experienced a slide at Bradford some 30 years ago and for a while showed that he hadn’t lost his touch.
Ambition combined with competitive nature and a passion for speed soon saw the three make their way to the starting tapes alongside Speedway Ace Chris Harris who led the field with enough distance for a touch of ‘show boating’ for the benefit of the mass media who turned out for this unique ‘bike swap. As confidence grew, lap times and technique became more impressive and it was only a collision between Karl and Ron on the last lap that stopped play and saw Ron carried off with a suspected broken collar bone.
“With the 2007 Sky Sports Elite league season getting under way this week, this first leg has proved to be a great pre-season treat for speedway and super bike fans alike.” Says Coventry Speedway Promoter Colin Pratt.
The second leg will prove to be just as exciting when Scott and Chris trade their bikes for Super Bikes and take to the tarmac under the watchful eye of Leon and Karl.
Lets see if the same superb style can be repeated proving that maybe there really is such a thing as ‘natural born bikers’.
Thank you all for coming along to the first leg of our bike swap, we do hope that you all had a good and beneficial day. We can now announce that the second leg of our exciting bike swap will take place at Snetterton on Thursday 17th May 2007.