James Haydon Career
Date of Birth: 2 November 1974
Place of Birth: Amersham, Bucks.
Home Town: Sispony, Andorra.
Marital status: Married
Nickname: Haven't got one- any ideas?
Hair Colour: Blonde or brown (depends what mood I'm in when I go to the hairdressers).
Eye Colour: Green
Hobbies: Moto-x, Enduro, Trials, Mountain biking, Snowboarding, Skiing, Music, Reading, Diving and Playing the guitar.
Favourite Food: Rare Meat
Favourite Drink: My special homemade banana milk shake.
Own Car: R32
Own Motorcycle: YZ450, KTM 520 ex, 280 Gas Gas and RD500.
First Road Race: 1990 Mallory Park
First Win: 1990 Snetterton
Favourite Circuits: Donington Park, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Brno and Catalunya.
Most successful season: 2000 and 2001 (but I reckon 2005 will be the one).
Best Moments: Coming back to win the BSB round at Knockhill 2004 after so many people had written me off.
Ambition: To be British then World Champion. To compete and finish in the Paris - Dakar Rally. To avoid a real job!
Likes: Winning, bikes, cars, music and anything you can slide.
Dislikes: Traffic jams, waiting for people, really early mornings and losing.
Favourite All time rider: Eddie Lawson and Valentino Rossi.
Most respected rival: Cannot say as I wouldn't want him to know!
Sports Hero from other sport: Ayrton Senna and Thierry Henry
Aims for this season 2005: Be consistent and win the BSB
Favourite Race in your career: Brands Hatch Indy BSB 1999. Hodgson, Walker and I within 0.1 of a second at the finish- I won the race.
BSB Knockhill 2004: finished 1st- felt good to be back racing
Thoughts on British Superbikes: "The best, most competitive domestic championship in the world. More than equal to WSB.". "I am thrilled to be riding for GSE Racing. I have always admired them and it's a dream ride for me. Watch this space!"
1992: First British Championship win on 250cc.
1993: Three British Championship wins on 250cc.
1993: Youngest ever 500cc British points scorer (at 18 yrs old)- 11th in British G.P.
1994: First BSB win at Snetterton. First at Donington on 250cc.
1995: 10th in Spanish G.P. (500cc).
1996: 9th in French G.P. (500cc).
1997: 9th in Dutch WSB and Italian WSB.
1998: Return to BSB and wins again (Silverstone).
1999: Four BSB race wins (more than any other 4 cylinder), two lap records and multiple podiums.
2000: Five BSB race wins, one lap record and multiple podiums.
2001: Sixteen podiums and one lap record.
2003: First ever points scorer on Foggy Petronas Racing. 7th in Japanese WSB.
2004: One BSB win and podium with a bike and team that hadn't been on the podium for two years.
2004: 12th @ MOTO G.P. Qatar (my first ever ride and race on MOTO GP bike).
1986 - 1990: James competes in Schoolboy motocross.
1990: At the age of 16, James debuts in the 125cc Ministocks Clubmans Championship, finishing 2nd.
1991: James rides for Team Cotoni in the British 125cc Championship and finishes 8th (one pole position) and 9th in the Superteens Championship with 2 wins.
1992: He moves up a class and finishes 6th in the British 250cc Championship riding for Team Great Britain.
1993: James continues his progress as he wins three races to finish 2nd in the British 250cc Championship for Team Great Britain. At the same time, he makes his debut in the British 500cc Grand Prix as a wild card, finishing 11th and becoming the youngest ever British points scorer (at the age of 18).
1994: James competes in selected rounds of the British Superbike Championship and selected rounds of the British 250cc Championship, taking victories at Snetterton in the former and Brands Hatch and Donington Park in the latter. James also makes his debut in the 250cc Grand Prix in the Czech Republic, finishing a promising 17th.
1995: He joins the Harris Grand Prix team in the 500cc World Championship and finishes in 24th position, a regular top privateer.
1996: Another season of consolidation for James as he reaches 20th in the 500cc World Championship for Team W.C.M.- his best result being 9th in the French G.P
1997: James undergoes a fluctuation in fortunes as he steps up to the World Superbike Championship, riding for Team Gio.Ca Moto. With off the track problems dominating the season, James reaches 14th in the Championship before parting company with the team due to staff and budget problems.
1998: James demonstrates his skills once again, riding to 8th in the British Superbike Championship for Team Sony Suzuki. The highlights include a 1st position at Silverstone and numerous podiums throughout the year.
1999: In a second season in the British Superbike Championship, James rides to 5th position for Team Clarion Suzuki. No other rider is able to win more than one race whilst James takes four race wins, two outright lap records and many podiums.
2000; A change of team to Red Bull Ducati but further progress with five wins, a lap record and multiple podiums carrying James to 4th in the British Superbike Championship. At one point James was leading the Championship before he sustained a nasty neck injury (whilst a passenger in a serious car accident) that affected his riding capabilities.
2001: A frustrating end to the season as an engine blow out robs him of a place in the British Superbike Championship but still manages to finish 4th again for Team Virgin Mobile Yamaha, the top four cylinder machine with one lap record and 16 podiums.
2002- 2003: James spends two disappointing seasons in World Superbikes with Foggy Petronas Racing- what should have been a dream deal fails to materialise as the team fail to homologate the bikes in time to go racing and James is unable to compete for another team. Once the bike is able to race, it proves uncompetitive and unreliable and James endures a tricky season as well as missing some races with injuries.
2004: James is back to his best in the British Superbike Championship, returning to compete for Team Virgin Mobile Yamaha. He takes part in only eight rounds as a replacement rider but still finishes as the top Yamaha in the Championship with one victory, one 2nd place and multiple top 5's, becoming the only Yamaha rider to get on the podium for 2 years. At the same time, James competes for Team Roberts in three rounds of the World Moto G.P. Championship.