Mo­tor­bik­ing records now be­ing bro­ken by younger brother

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

Jaden Has­san has bro­ken more records than he can re­mem­ber but his younger brother Aaron is hot on his heels and the pair are fast be­com­ing the ones to beat in the mo­tor­cy­cle world.

With 19-year-old Jaden stand­ing at more than 1.9m and 14-year-old Aaron al­ready just shy of that, the broth­ers make for un­likely cham­pi­ons in a sport where most com­peti­tors are built like jock­eys.

Jaden started rac­ing on a 125cc when he was 13 as the youngest rider in New Zealand to ever race in that cat­e­gory.

From there he moved up to a 600cc and at the age of 16 he fin­ished fifth in the Su­per­stock cham­pi­onship in his first sea­son.

The West­mere rider has stepped things up a gear this year.

He will now ride a 1000cc su­per­bike for Suzuki.

Last year, Mt Al­bert stu­dent Aaron won the win­ter se­ries 125 and the 250 pro­lite cham­pi­onships – walk­ing away with Jaden’s ti­tle as the youngest rider to win.

He went on to fin­ish third in the 125 class this sea­son.

A lot of his early suc­cess has come from years of watch­ing his brother on the track, Aaron says.

‘‘I’m just learn­ing ev­ery time I ride. I want to slowly build up that pace and keep work­ing at it.’’

There is only friendly ri­valry be­tween them, Jaden says. ‘‘I’m proud of him. ‘‘I’m still his big brother and al­ways will be.

‘‘I al­ways try to help him as a men­tor if he has any prob­lems on the day. I’m never not go­ing to help him so he can’t break my records.’’

Jaden has bro­ken more than just records in his short ca­reer.

Last year he frac­tured an an­kle and three bones in his back in a test­ing ac­ci­dent but was back on his bike just six weeks later to win two races and break lap records.

He was hop­ing to make a re­peat of this speedy re­cov­ery af­ter break­ing his wrist while qual­i­fy­ing for the sec­ond round of the 600cc Su­pers­port cham­pi­onships in Ti­maru. With Jaden’s arm in a cast and him find­ing it too dif­fi­cult to ride, Aaron stepped in and cut off the cast with a steak knife.

Things didn’t quite go to plan with Jaden only man­ag­ing 12th place and he was forced to pull out of the next one due to the pain.

‘‘As long as I know why I crashed and what hap­pened I want to get straight back on that bike and go just as fast for the next lap,’’ Jaden says.

While Aaron is def­i­nitely fol­low­ing his brother and his win­ning track record, he is a very dif­fer­ent rider to the one Jaden was when he started out.

‘‘He’s a very, very ma­ture young rider,’’ Jaden says.

Mo­tor­cy­cling runs in the blood of the Has­san fam­ily. The young rid­ers’ fa­ther Greg started out rac­ing as a teenager be­fore aban­don­ing the sport only to re­turn to it in his 40s.

He hopes to see both of his sons test their abil­i­ties with Euro­pean cam­paigns even­tu­ally.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

On track: De­spite their age and height, broth­ers Jaden, left, and Aaron Has­san are smok­ing records on the New Zealand mo­tor­bik­ing cir­cuits. Rac­ing runs in the blood with their fa­ther Greg, cen­tre, re­turn­ing to the sport in his 40s.

Photo: JACKY NG

Speed fa­natic: Jaden Has­san, on the blue bike, has bro­ken a num­ber of records.

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