His grandfather, father, and uncle rode the highway. No wonder he – Sam Hagon – decided to drive left. Now he begins a new stage in his career, as Włókniarz from Czestochowa gave him a chance to develop in Poland.
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The Sam Hagon family has been down the highway for decades. In the 1950s and 1960s, Alf Hagon raced on the sprint circuits in Great Britain, specializing in a grass version of left-handed racing. At Grasstrack he won four times the National Championship in the 500cc class (1954, 1956, 1969, 1962) and seven times in the 350cc class (1954, 1959-1964).
Having finished his career, Hagon decided to create his own company, which to this day produces spare parts for motorcycles, and its logo with the inscription “Hagon Shocks” is known to practically every fan of black sports, because it is a partner of many players. From the islands, but also from Australia.
Martin Hagon followed in his father’s footsteps. He also specialized in turf racing and won two national championships (1984, 1987), but above all the individual European Championship, which he won in 1984 at the Dutch Enrum Racecourse.
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Now, Sam, the third generation representative of the Haggons, is following the path that my grandfather and father took down. It should be noted here that this is not the end of family ties with motorcycle racing, because the teenage uncle of Thurrock is Martin Dugard, who entered records as the famous winner of the 2000 British Grand Prix.
– I knew I wanted to take part in this sport, but the fact that I would be driving was not very clear. But I always watched the highway, my whole family went to the competitions, and my dad took care of a lot of riders, so I had to at least try. It started when I was eight at the academy organized by my dad – Hagon Shock Speedway Academy at Lakeside Hammers – says Sam Hagon in an interview with WP SportoweFakty.
The 17-year-old can’t complain about the lack of support. He admits that without the help of his father, he would not have been able to develop his sports adventure. – He has experience not only driving himself, but also helping many successful riders like Jason Crump, Chris Holder, Darcy Ward, Jason Doyle, Lee Richardson and Joe Skrein. Thanks to the cooperation with these names, he gained a lot of knowledge and experience, which he now shares with me. In addition, I can count on the help of my uncle, Martin, who has always had a huge impact on shaping my sport. In fact, it was he who put me on a motorbike on the highway for the first time – adds our hub.
Hagon, as he himself stated, has been surrounded by highway sports in all its forms from an early age. Over the years, his father has nurtured many of the best players who have won medals at the World Championships. No wonder one of the company’s passengers, “Hagon Shocks”, is the idol of the young man from the islands. “Darcy Ward,” Sam said without hesitation when asked about his favorite player.
– This is my role model because he had an amazing talent on a motorbike and was one of those my father took care of. But I also admire Greg Hancock and Chris Holder.
In 2019, Hagon became the Great Britain Champion in the 250cc class and, as he candidly admits, is now his biggest success on the speed racing circuits. Now he can add competitions in Poland to his sports CV, because At the end of April, he initialed a long-term contract With green-energia.com Włókniarzem Częstochowa.
– Honestly, I did not expect that I would have the opportunity to sign any contract in Poland, because I am still a very young player. I’m glad the club called me and gave me a chance. It’s great to be at a professional club like Włókniarz and I hope to be a part of it for a long time – comments Hagon, who revealed he has more offers, but the club’s choice of Częstochowa was determined by, among other things, the presence of Dariush Saba.
The 17-year-old in the U24 Ekstraliga can race at a young age. To date, he has participated in two matches, in which he had the opportunity to go to the track in eight rounds. He scored four points with two bonuses. “I’m still learning and I don’t have a lot of experience yet, so it takes a long time, but I hope to get somewhere soon and start improving my results,” he says.
In the team of Włókniarz Częstochowa U-24 Hagon is not the only representative of Great Britain, because Jordan Jenkins is also developing in the team of Joseph Cavill. Both players are also happy to compete with one team in the National Development League (UK tier 3 – opening note), where they score points for the Oxford Charges.
– We have spent a lot of time together so far, so he is not only a familiar face, but also a good friend – our interlocutor admits.
Currently, Jenkins is doing better, having crossed the finish line in first place thirteen times in 15 heats, finishing second and disqualifying once. Hagon scored eight points in eight playoffs.
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Many years ago, it was accepted that the motorway in Great Britain and Poland are truly two different worlds, and the British motorway is a perfect school for every competitor. Everyone who learned to drive there was supposed to contend with European tracks, although the problem is “switching” from short tracks to slightly longer ones. Many motorcyclists candidly said it was their biggest headache when riding short, technical trails one day and long, fast trails the next.
– In Great Britain you have to be “different” because you already have more technical and tighter tracks, and in Poland you have faster ones. I’m used to those British ovals so it’s really a bit of a challenge, but that’s what I’ve gained from experience to be able to change my habits and become a better player – Sam Hagon rightly notes.
When we asked the 17-year-old from Thurrock at the end of the interview about his goals for this season, he openly admitted that he wants to improve with each half and feels he is taking the next steps toward becoming a better player. .
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