Joshua reflects on a wheelie memorable year with Bridgestone
A supremely talented motocross rider from Gloucestershire is reflecting on a year to remember, after winning a prestigious national title just days after becoming a dad for the first time.
Josh Waterman, aged 24, won the AMCA MX2 championship with one round to spare, which has never been done before, in what was one of the most competitive fields in the sport.
And with the title in the bag – thanks to nine race wins from 16 – he missed the last round to be with his partner who was giving birth to his first child Freya.
Josh, who secured a sponsorship with Bridgestone for the season, said: “I couldn’t have won the title without the Bridgestone X20s getting me out the start every race. I was thrilled to win it a round early because the pressure was building, knowing the baby was coming so close to the last round!
“It was my second year in this championship after finishing 2nd last year. It was really competitive with everyone wanting to beat each other, so I am proud to be able to call myself a champion – and a dad for the first time!”
Bridgestone’s sales and training development manager Mark Fereday said Josh was a ‘perfect’ ambassador for the company.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled for Josh. He is a class act both on and off the track. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect competitor to ride on our products and provide feedback on their performance thereafter. And to see him become a father for the first time is the icing on the cake for him.
“We have always believed that our Battlecross range is up there amongst the very best in the sport and to obtain the confidence of a rider like Josh means a lot.”
Joshua first rode on the product at Brookethorpe in 2015, winning the Bridgestone Cup thereafter.
Both parties were so impressed with one another that discussions immediately took place and have been ongoing up until the present day, where an agreement is now in place.
Josh added: “The performance has been insane and the tyres have played a big part in my successes. I have been really impressed with the grip and durability. I was actually surprised at how much control they gave me.”
And despite being deaf from birth, Josh has never felt that his chances have been hampered in any way in such an unforgiving sport.
“Yes, I am profoundly deaf and have been from birth. It was a hurdle I’ve had to overcome. I’ve been British champion a few times and now the AMCA MX2 champion, so I’d like to think it has acted as an advantage.
“It has definitely given me an extra drive to want to win. Hopefully I can keep on winning with Bridgestone after such a memorable year.”
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