Name: Jan Filip Backlund
Height: 1.77 m
Weight: 68 kg
Like eating: I love cooking so anything I make myself
Like drinking: Water, milk, wine
Hobbies: Food, wine, interior design, art and music
Favourite racetracks: Le Mans, France and Donington Park, England
Best racing memory: That I have spent most of my life racing
My name’s Filip Backlund and I was born in 1990. I have been competing in road racing ever since I was 12 years old, although my interest in motorsports began much earlier than that.
Here you can read about how it all started, what I’ve been doing since then and what my goals are for the future. I know what I want – to be the world’s number one motorcycle racer.
It all began in 1993 when, at the age of just three, my father took me to the Motor Cross World Championships in my hometown of Västerås. Apparently we struck a deal that day. As soon as I could ride a bike without stabilisers I would get my first cross. Three weeks later there was a Honda 50CC parked outside my house!
At the age of seven I started competing in motocross in the 60cc class. Between 1997 and 2001, my younger brother William, my mother Anette, my father Jan and I travelled around Sweden in a bus and caravan. We went to anywhere between 25 and 40 competitions a year and spent the time in-between training. I already knew back then that I wanted to be the best motorcycle racer in the world and there are no shortcuts, only training, more training and even more training.
2001 was the last year I competed in motocross. My brother and I were no longer allowed to continue as my parents said it was far too dangerous. But I wanted to keep doing some form of motorcycle sport as it’s what I love more than anything.
I went on to try everything from go-kart to speedway and numerous other sports in-between, but I didn’t get hooked on any of them. The first and last time I tried speedway was when I went along with my old motocross friend, who had also given up the sport. I came in after my first round and got the telling-off of a lifetime as I was told that I looked like Bambi on ice. After a few explanations I started to understand that the simplest thing to do was to race at full throttle all the way around the track as that way the speedway bike would turn automatically.
I did as I was told, which worked amazingly well for three laps. On the fourth, however, I was hit by a gust in the curve and got thrown into a fence, which resulted in a somewhat damaged speedway bike. We packed up our things and said goodbye to speedway!
Soon afterwards I tried something out called Mini Moto. These are small road racing motorbikes that are ridden on go-kart tracks. I soon became hooked and my brother and I decided to take up the sport.
In 2002 we travelled around most of Scandinavia and then the rest of Europe to compete. Things went really well for me and my brother in our different classes and we won a great deal during our very first year. In spring 2003 I was offered the chance to make a career move and start competing in “real” road racing on big tracks.
At the age of 12 I was granted an exemption to compete in the 125cc junior cup in Scandinavia. The first year went really well and I became the first 13 year old to ever win the entire championship. In 2004 I went on to compete in the 250cc senior cup where I, once again, won the entire championship in the very first year.
Soon afterwards I was invited to compete for Suzuki in Scandinavia’s most prestigious series – The Superstock 600cc Viedec Trophy, which was being held in connection with STCC (Scandinavian Touring Car Championship). Right in my very first season I took one win and a number of podium positions. In 2006, at the age of 16, I spent another season in the 600cc Viedec Trophy at home in Sweden and two events in the European Championships, where I took one win and two seconds and a race in the Junior World Championships and Superstock 600cc class on the Brno track in the Czech Republic where I came in 14th.
Ever since 2007, I have been competing in the biggest category within road racing, and that’s Superbike. The 1000cc motorcycles have over 200 rear wheel horsepower and a weight of about 165 kg. I can promise you this, they really do move when you hit the throttle!
Between 2007 and 2012 I have had the opportunity to compete both at home in Sweden and in the Pro Superbike category where I took two Swedish Championships Gold medals in 2009 and 2011 with my own team.
I have also had the opportunity to spend a full season competing in the Junior World Cup and the Superstock 1000cc FIM Cup at the age of 18. I achieved my best result at the Donington Park Circuit in England where I came in eighth.
In 2010 I took part in two events in the Endurance WC races (the World Championships of long-distance racing). At the final race on the Qatar track in Doha, I took our team to second place in the Superstock category.
In 2011 and 2012, my team and I have competed both at home in Sweden in Pro Superbike and in the German IDM Superbike Championships. Our performances were outstanding, with our best results being just outside the top five, otherwise continually around the top ten mark.
The adventure continues towards my final goal. That which was once a boyish dream is now what motivates me to devote all my time and energy in the sport. And that goal is this – winning the World Championships!
You can follow my journey here on my website as well as through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube which will allow you to follow my progress. You can also get updates about me and take part in our different competitions with great prizes supplied by my partners.