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Ross Simpson headshot2015 Team Rider

Ross Simpson

Career Details

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.

After having such a successful start, Ross needed more competition. He continued with the racing and moved up to a more competitive regional championship, the West Sussex Open, as well as competing in the Angmering Motor Sport championship. Ross continued winning races in both championships and his talent began to develop at an accelerated pace. He took a 1st place in both championships on both bikes. His first official sponsor (BlingStar) gave him an incredible confidence boost and made him want to improve.

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.

The next logical step-up for Ross was the British Minimoto championship. This also incorporated "Fab Racing" allowing the young racing talent to ride a gearbox bike at the same time without the chance of any rounds clashing. This required the purchase of a GRC R5 a 50cc race bike with a 6 speed gearbox. Ross was at the top of his game on the Minimoto winning race after race. Learning race craft with his gearbox bike. It didn’t take long for him to learn the new bike's setup and getting used to gearing. Ross became British champion on both bikes winning every race bar one due to a DNF on the Minimoto, and every race on the 50cc with three races to spare. Ross pulled out of the last three races on the 50cc so he could move into the more competitive 70cc class. His pace put him in the top five despite his rivals having a full season already on their bikes.

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!

With the 2012 racing season just around the corner, Ross started training and practicing for a full size Aprilia 125 in the Thundersport GB championship. This season was the most important one for Ross so far in his career, not just because of the step up in the machinery, but also the full size tracks such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone, and Mallory Park. These races were all shown on television, great news for him and his sponsors. Ross was given a black flag for going too fast first during the first test session, and set the second fastest time of the day. Sterling work for a 125cc racing against 600 and 1000cc machines. During the second practice day, Ross found that his pace on the corners was more than a match for the CBR 600 he was using as a benchmark.

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.

 
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