Ross Simpson is a 15 year old motorcycle racer from London who started his racing career in a manner similar to many. When he was 7 years old, his father, Ray Simpson, was given a Minimoto and a hobby began that would become a passion. It allowed Ross and his Dad to spend quality time together at weekends. Initially using a small car park to learn the basics of bike control, he progressed to a local track and started racing at an organised racing club. This cultivated Ross' potential as a racer and he was entered into the 2007 SMMC (Surrey Mini Moto Club) Championship. Within his first season Ross got off to a great start and won many races finishing in third place overall. These first steps on a motor bike racing career had Ross and his parents hooked.
In his second year he wanted to progress and acquired a faster Minimoto entering both bikes into the championship. Again Ross thoroughly enjoyed the season winning every race on his first bike giving him an overall 1st place in the championship, and many podiums on the new faster bike coming 2nd overall. Not bad for only 8 years old.
For the next year Ross pushed himself in the National Pocket Bike series. A very competitive championship that has developed riders such as Scott Redding (MotoGP) and Danny Webb (World Supersport). To meet the regulations, Ross needed a new bike - a GRC 4.2 Polini. This formula also included controlled tyres and rules. Ross remembers that the first session came as a shock as he couldn’t believe the speed of the bike and the pace of his rivals. There were also a lot of new and different tracks to learn. He and his Father travelled around the country and despite being a rookie, Ross won his first race at Tattershall kart track in Lincoln, and another race at Lydd kart track in Kent. Consistent results elsewhere giving him a creditable 3rd place in the Championship overall.
This proved to be great preparation towards the 2011 season. He went to Spain in March to practice on a warm track avoiding the bad weather in England. Ross showed great pace in his class but an unavoidable accident involving another rider with brake failure resulted in two broken wrists. This was two days before he was due to come back to England. Ross was unable to compete in the first two rounds and felt that the 2011 Championship was slipping away from him. He kept focused however and worked tirelessly to get back on the bike (rebuilt by his Dad) and start winning again. Nothing was going to stop him!
Ross started off the 2012 season in the Nitro Newcomer Championship in the Aprilia Superteens at Thundersport GB. Ross finished with a number of podiums in the main championship of Superteens as well as Nitro wins in the newcomers finishing 4th place overall in the main championship, and due to breaking his collarbone at the final round, finished second in the Newcomers championship.
The 2012 season, Ross' first year in Superteens, gave him great confidence as he was battling from round one with the championship's top racers. This gave him a huge confidence boost as he clearly had the pace when compared with the previous year’s lap records.
2013 however wasn't as kind to the young rider. Problems with the motorcycle, including it being run over and unusable for the final two races meant that Ross only finished fourth in the championship. Due to technical problems he had several DNF's but still managed four wins and a number of other podiums. Ross looked ahead to moving up a class to the Aprilia RRV 450’s for his next challenge.
The 2014 season started off well with three days testing in Spain, Cartagena. Ross' gearbox blew in the first session out in Spain so had to lend a 450 to get some practice in the bag. Ross trained hard everyday and when it came to the first round at Brands Hatch, he qualified at 13th. He wasn’t happy with this but was only a second behind the leader. He was confident of a close race. Before Ross had even reached the first corner of the first race, another rider crashed in front of him and, having no where to go, he ended up colliding with him and chipping his collarbone. Ross let the chip heal fully before returning to racing, and by Cadwell Park round four, he was fully recovered.
He was getting to grips with the 450, and by the round at Anglesey he was finishing in the top ten consistently. By round seven, Ross was breaking the previous year’s lap records. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, Ross also missed the final round in addition to the missed early rounds but still finished in 15th in the championship overall. He expected a much better position because of how quickly he got to grips with the 125. However 2014 has been much tougher for him but one of the best learning experiences in how to master the 450. The next challenge is the 2015 RRV 450 championship where Ross will be competing as a JDF-Racing rider.