WHO I AM & WHAT I DO
My racing history in brief:-
Since a very early age I have been around bikes as my Dad used to ‘scramble’ in his younger years as did his father.
Riding bikes has always been a hobby for me and it was only in 2012, that we decided to try and make a career of a hobby. One that I still love as much as when I first threw my leg over my first bike age 4. I still see it as a hobby although the title has changed and its now my job.
Making a career of racing bikes is very hard however, as with any task I have undertaken in my life I am 100% all in. This takes a lot of commitment from myself which has me training twice a day 6 days a week in order to be the best prepared and fittest rider on the grid.
My bike riding adventure started as a 4 year old boy in a muddy field on a PW50 twist and go. My riding on the dirt continued until I was aged 15 years. Throughout this period I became multiple Motocross club champion in the 50cc, 85cc categories and raced at the sharp end of many national championships such as the RedBull Elite Youth Cup up until 2011 when I came Eastern Centre Junior Adult Champion on a KX250f aged 15. (The youngest ever to do so!) At this point I had gained the backing of a big motorcycle manufacturer - Kawasaki which would go on to help a little later in my career.
2012 saw me make the decision to take to the tarmac and have a go at Road Racing known to many as Superbikes. Still with the support of Kawasaki I tested the water with the first Kawasaki National junior Cup Championship on the Ninja Kawasaki 250 and after a successful year I won my first Road Racing championship.
2013 was a huge step up to the British Superbike Paddock riding the Kawasaki Zx6r. It took me a little time to adjust to the higher power of the 600cc machine. I had some good results and as a team of myself, my dad and a mechanic I feel like we took the challenge to the already established 600 riders with a 4th place finish at Snetterton.
2014 was my second year in this class and I was ready to put everything I’d learnt into hunting down this championship. Round 1 started strong with a 2nd place finish, just 0.20 seconds off the win but unfortunately an ever recurring electrical glitch that haunted us for a few rounds put a stop to the title. Still as a three man team of myself, my dad and a mechanic - I feel like we did well. However being like I am, all I wanted was to win. During this season I picked up my first ever sponsor a generous guy who is still on board now! I got a call at the end of the 2014 season with an offer of a wild card spot at a World Championship event at Magny-Cours in France where I picked up a great 12th place. This gave me a huge confidence boost, my first experience in a full team and after my result I got a pat on the back from the team owner and a request that I raced for them in the final round of the World Championship in Qatar under the flood lights. This was such a great experience and honestly kicked-started my career.
2015 I signed my first contract to a team- Russo Racing and together we took the Pirelli National Superstock 600 title dominantly, 6wins and 10 podiums out of the 12 rounds.
2016 saw me in the British Championship competing in the Dickies™ British Supersport championship. I signed with the Gearlink Kawasaki team and eager to continue where I left off. 2016 was a tough year laced with many mechanical and technical problems which forced me to retire from 7 races. I placed 5th in the championship which when taking everything into consideration, having non scored in nearly half of the races isn't a bad result. I learnt a lot and experience was gained that undoubtedly I will use in the future.
2017, The step up to the National Stock 1000 class with GRMotosport. I made the decision to step up to the 1000cc class at the end of 2016 season to ultimately gain experience on the bigger machinery with the intention to progress into the UK's premier class, BSB.
The leap up to the 1000cc class was one i knew would be challenging as I had to change my style to adapt to the gained power plus many BSB riders stepping down to make the series the toughest in its history.
I took to the bigger bike relatively fast and won my first race at only round 3 of the championship, I then followed this with a podium and new lap record.
Due to the rapid progression it was of interest to make the move up to the Superbike class as soon as possible to continue to the goal.
2018 saw me sign once again with GRMotosport but for the BSB class onboard their WD-40 liveried Kawsaki ZX10rr Superbike.
The fun continues...