Haslam’s Affinity Academy announce first ROKiT Rookies for 2024

Haslam’s Affinity Academy announce first ROKiT Rookies for 2024

23 November 2023

Leon Haslam’s Affinity Sports Academy will return next season, featuring in multiple classes with their ROKiT Rookies in the Quattro Group British Supersport Cup Championship and the all-new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen Championship.

Since its introduction four years ago, the Academy has worked together with riders to score 63 podiums including 23 race wins and two championship titles. Now they are looking ahead to the 2024 season, lining up in the Quattro Group British Supersport Cup Championship with new recruit Harry Cook, who joins returning riders Mikey Hardie and Adam Brown.

In the Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen Championship, the team will line up with Lewis Jones, Jay Yeldham and Kalvin Kelly.

Haslam said: “I am super excited to welcome some new additions to our Academy for the 2024 season and to continue with some of our riders from this year too. We have Iain Hopcroft joining the team too to work with the riders. We are now excited for the training camps over the winter and testing.”

Team Manager Iain Hopcroft added: “I can’t wait to get involved with the Affinity Academy, to create a disciplined structured environment for the younger riders to grow. We want to make Leon’s goals come to fruition and bring on the stars of tomorrow. I have always helped younger riders within the paddock and now I have the perfect platform to focus my passion.”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing and Racing Department at Kawasaki UK commented: “We are excited to once again be working with the Affinity Sports Academy team in 2024. The Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series will be a great spectacle and to have so many young riders all keen to impress on the Ninja ZX-4RR as part of the academy is an exciting prospect! 

“We are also really happy to see so many Ninja ZX-6Rs appearing in the Supersport class next year and with the teams experience with this bike, we’re confident that they will see some strong results throughout the season.”