Recently, a leading news website produced their “ones to watch”, but while reading some of the riders which were written down and spoken to, I thought there were riders more worthy of watching out for. As well as where those riders have come from.
My riders to watch out for in the coming years are:
- Chrissy Rouse
- Mason Law
- Jordan Simpkin
- Charlie King
- Joe Francis
- Jake Dixon
- Callan Cooper
So, I've listed my seven and what a hard choice it was to make. But these seven individuals have all done something brilliant in their careers albeit short careers.
The rider from Newcastle upon Tyne who started his racing career on the Motocross scene to get to grips with controlling a motorcycle. From there the youngster moved to circuit racing with the Fab Racing Series and the ThundersportGB paddock in the Aprilia Superteens championship. In 2010 the youngster won the Aprilia Superteen championship with the JDF Racing team – ten years after Casey Stoner won the same championship!
From the ThundersportGB package, Chrissy moved into the British Superbike paddock in the 125GP championship where he finished 15th but moved onto the Triumph Triple Challenge after winning the young guns scheme. The 18-year-old won the championship this season. So watch out for young Chrissy Rouse in years to come.
Onto, Essex racer, Mason Law – The rider from Benfleet in Essex like Chrissy Rouse started off his career in the Motocross world but Law thought that would be where he was to stay until 2012 when he entered his first circuit racing championship with the Kawasaki Junior Cup with persuasion from Danny Buchan the Essex lad went onto win the championship and a ride in the National Superstock 600 class this season. But winning your first ever circuit racing championship, you've got to have some talent and be worthy to watch out for in seasons to come? Mark my words, this lad is a talent.
Riders from East Anglia are the next two, Jordan Simpkin from Cambridge and Charlie King from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.
Jordan Simpkin – The rider who started off his career on a minimoto the Cambridge lad moved on to race in the MRO Superteen championship. However from there he moved onto the MRO Superstock 600 championship which he won. This meant the youngster moved into the British Superbike championship paddock with GO Racing Developments and the Superstock 600 championship where he raced in 2012 and 2013 becoming runner up having lead the championship for the majority of the season. But now the 18-year-old will be moving up to the Superstock 1000 class with a leading Kawasaki team. Watch out for him in 2014!
Next up, Charlie King – Well, where do you start with Charlie? The lad entered the Triumph Triple Challenge series this season but was a rider with a 'yellow backing sticker' on his bike.. this was because he hasn't yet got a National Level Racing Licence. But what a cracking job he done.. The lad from Great Yarmouth came sixth overall in the championship and third in his class! Watch out for Charlie in years to come this lad has talent and could go far!
Francis is another rider who started his career on minimoto's but moved onto racing in the GP50 championship in 2009 and GP70 which he won from there the youngster moved into the Aprilia Superteen's in 2011 where he also won! From the ThundersportGB paddock, Francis, went into the 2012 British 125GP and then this season he won the Moto3 championship with the WD40 squad.
Next.. Jake Dixon – Now this lad done something quite incredible this season with the CF Motorsport squad. He got an out right pole position in the racing in the Supersport Cup class. This lad has some serious talent as does his 2013 team-mate.
– Well.. Cooper won the 2012 Aprilia RRV450 championship, Supertwin championship and the 650-open championship on the ThundersportGB package.. Three championship wins in a year..! He became champion three times in a season that's some achievement and the lad has talent as he went onto winning races in the National Superstock 600 class this season.
Plus, I have to give a special mention to Richie Leech the lad from Norfolk works incredibly hard to do what he does. Having come from Australia to race on the UK circuits he didn't know this season in the Superstock 600 class he done a brilliant job!
Check out these eight riders they are quite some talent. If you're looking to sponsor any riders in the paddock, you'd have to have a look at these riders!