Motocross is a very physically and mentally challenging off-road motorcycle sport, which is raced on natural terrain with man-made obstacles. While undoubtedly the bike does a lot of the work for the rider, to manoeuvre and stay on the heavy bike requires a high level of strength, power and endurance.
Jake, our motocross rider and our youngest apprentice, is very much into his motocross and started at the tiny little age of 6. Jake’s always had bikes from a very young age and was practising until he was old enough to race in motocross.
Jake got into motocross because of his dad. Jake’s dad has always been into motocross and used to race when he was younger, but quit after some bad injuries, which allowed Jake to ride more.
Over the years Jake has won around 20 trophies. Now that Jake is getting older and on an adult bike, he’s still riding in the youth group for now, but this is his last year in this group, before going to ride with the adults. Jake has already raced loads of races in adult groups against bigger bikes, so changing group should be fine.
Jake our motocross rider is a right little speed demon and has no fear whatsoever!!
Jake currently rides a KTM 150sx 2 stroke, it’s a very nice bike, which he’s had for a few years now, so he’s comfortable on this bike.
One of Jake’s favourite races is the Acerbis Nationals at Farleigh Castle, this is because it’s such a well-known track locally.
Another one of Jake’s best times riding was when he had the opportunity to go riding out in the Netherlands. This wasn’t a race, but Jake won a fox competition and got a chance to ride with the motocross world champions, which was a great experience. It was a once in a life time opportunity to ride the best bikes in the world, on one of the best tracks. Jake feels he was definitely lucky to have such a fantastic experience.
Jake tries to ride most weekends, mainly practising at the moment, but he’s trying to get back into racing. Jake joined a club at the start of the year, but didn’t get to race with them because the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Jake’s managed to have two races this year with two other clubs and can’t wait to start another season hopefully next year and get back racing.
The race Jake would really like to do is the Weymouth beach race, just because it looks like good fun and a good opportunity to race on a local beach.
Jake would like to ride Weston Super Mare beach race too. However, it’s very expensive and you have to prepared as it’s a three-hour race on the beach with 800 other riders and some of the best in the world.
Jake last raced a couple of weekends ago in Gloucester, but didn’t get great results due to being in the expert group, which is the quickest group.
Jake has never had a sponsor as his dad has always supported and paid his riding. However, he’s always looking for a sponsor that he could represent by advertising on his bike or kit.
I’m sure as time goes on, we shall update you on Jake’s progression.