RIP: “Hanz” Hans Laske

He was larger than life presence in the race paddocks of the USA and will be missed.


Hans fishing with RLH in Kentucky.
Hans fishing with RLH in Kentucky. thanks, RLH

If you worked in the AMA/DMG or MotoA paddock in the last fifteen years then there’s a good chance that you crossed paths with Hans Laske. He originally worked for the American Honda Superbike team as a truck driver and set up guy, but left Big H for a long stint at Yoshimura where he was a familiar paddock face in basically the same role. He was well known as a complete professional and dedicated employee. I think that Hanz was one of the very few people who if they met head on that Mat Mladin would step out of the way and let Hanz pass. (This was a smart move).

Hans passed away last Sunday after suffering a medical emergency at home. He was larger than life presence in the race paddocks of the USA and will be missed.


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