Woolhope wonderkid continuing to dazzle!
A Woolhope ‘wonderkid’ has put Herefordshire on the map once more, after a memorable season in the world of motocross which ended in a national championship triumph – where he won every single race!
James Hanscomb, aged 14, built on an incredible debut season in motocross in 2015 to clinch the British AMCA 85cc title this year.
As if that wasn’t enough, he then went on to finish runner-up in the equally competitive Bridgestone BSMA series after a terrific early season tussle with eventual winner Callum Beeken.
All of this has arrived on the back of a stunning debut season in the sport, where James represented his country in the ‘France Master Kids’ event against 25 other nations, where he eventually finished seventh.
The Bishops School youngster captured the attention of the world’s largest tyre manufacturer Bridgestone, who sponsored him throughout 2016 and is delighted with his progression.
But more than the results and plaudits that are heading James’ way, the Herefordshire lad is just concentrating on enjoying every second of being out on the track, and long may that continue according to his dad George.
“He is doing things on his bike that he could never do 12 months ago. Naturally, we’re all very proud of James, but there has to be one main objective for 2017 – and that is for him to have fun.
“It can get quite serious when you’re riding for podiums and titles, but James is still so young and our perspective is for him to express himself and enjoy himself, which he certainly did this year.”
James first sat on a bike at the age of three and admits that motocross is now his biggest passion, in between his homework.
“My dad got me a little bike when I was three. Apparently I started crying at first as I didn’t know what it was, but before I knew it I was hooked.
“I even used to get my hair cut on the bike as I’d refuse to get off it!”
James, who is also sponsored by Apex Motocross in Worcester, came to the attention of Bridgestone at a BSMA Clubmans’ Championship event early in the year.
Bridgestone’s sales and training development manager Mark Fereday said: “James is a little wonderkid. He has had a tremendous season and we are naturally thrilled for him. His achievements throughout 2016 have really caught the eye.
“I could tell what a talent he was from the first time I saw him competing. He’s very composed and assured on his bike, but fiercely determined to win, as well.
“Those two traits really bode well for the future and we were only too pleased to be able to kit James out on our BATTLECROSS X30 tyres as he goes from strength to strength.
For more information about Bridgestone’s motocross tyre range, visit http://www.bridgestone.co.uk/moto/