2014 Team Rider:
Achievements gained within JDF Racing
Ben commenced the 2014 title chase as he left off in 2013 with solid performances at the opening round on the cold but bright Brands Hatch short circuit.
The second round in late March was at the East Midland Donington Park Grand Prix track. After a commanding performance of pole, four wins, three fastest laps and improving his own lap record by almost a second the opposition where left in doubt that he was a serious title contender. Going into the third round in early April held at the former USAAF base at Snetterton Heath he had closed in on Championship leader Will Hodgson and after superb rides left the fast track as championship leader.
Apart from a few technical issues at the Angelsey and the penultimate round held on the Donington national track he was never seriously headed to take the title after the first race in the final round at Mallory Park to take the title with a cushion of 60 points over Wigan rider Will Hodgson.
Plagued by mechanical issues in the 2012 RRV 450 Challenge Ben joined the JDF Rider Development programme for the 2013 season. After a modest start to his campaign at round one of the Championship held on the short track at Brands Hatch Ben made rapid progress. During round two at Donington Park we saw an indication of his true form by taking fourth place in the last RRV450 race just being held off for third spot by Bradley Jones.
As a result of a test on the 2012 Championship winning JDF RRV 450 Ben rode the JDF machine at the Rockingham track. Setting pole position in the RRV 450 series and Open 650 Championship, both pole times under the then current lap records for the classes. Since Rockingham he never finished lower than the final place on the podium, setting numerous fastest laps and taking the lap record at the Donington Grand Prix track to an astonishing sub 1:42; lap quite an achievement for a rider on a 450 machine.
Ben also made his international debut in 2013 in the Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup.
Recently joining with the Red Bull Rookies management team the series is growing in prestige. As a one off ride Ben competed in the last round of the series held at the famous Dutch TT Circuit at Assen.
The first British rider to compete in the series he impressed the organisers with his approach and over the three days he quickly adapted to the power characteristics and handling of the small machine. Qualifying in ninth position overall Ben posted a quicker time than local rider and Red Bull Rookie front runner Scott Deroue.