BSB Q&A - James Westmoreland

“I really don't want to leave BSB without putting up a proper championship challenge” – James Westmoreland.
An exclusive interview with James Westmoreland, who finished a career best fifth in this year's MCE British Superbike Championship with Buildbase BMW…
What did you get for Christmas?

James Westmoreland:
I got a few bits for my motocross bike but I mainly just had a nice time with the family.

As for eating, I'm lucky because I'm pretty active and could actually do with putting a bit of weight on, so I can eat what I want and often have the biggest pile on my plate come diner time. I'm not like a jockey where I have to watch my weight all the time, I'm not on 125s, I'm on superbikes now and could actually do with a bit of body weight so I did well at the meals.

I don't drink and never have so that doesn't change from the rest of the year and an extra bonus is that I don't get any hangovers.

It's nice once you get to winter because the season is so busy and it's difficult to get into a proper training routine. Around this time you can crack on and get into a good routine and I'm really enjoying this winter because of that. It was a tough season and it's great to take a rest from it. It also helps that it was a good season so I'm looking back on that and recharging the batteries.
Where does your funding come from, do you have a day job?

James Westmoreland:
No I don't, I'm a professional bike racer. I'm employed by Buildbase BMW to do the best job I can in BSB. I also have a few personal sponsors who help out that I'm very grateful to. I can continue training in winter without worrying about how the bills will be paid
What kind of sacrifices have you had to make to be a bike racer?

James Westmoreland:
Honestly that's a difficult question for me because I've ridden bikes since the age of three and started racing at seven so I've never had a life without bikes. You could say that I'm not a normal person with a normal life. It's actually my family who made the sacrifices and without that we wouldn't be where we are now.

At school I didn't fit in and it's probably fair to say that I hated it, but that was probably due to the fact that I was doing stuff that nobody else was. Racing got me out of all that so perhaps the answer to your question is that I haven't sacrificed anything. I couldn't ask for anything better than what I'm doing now. It's not just the racing at the track with Buildbase BMW, it's also when I load up my motocross bike on a Sunday morning, I love it all. I even love the training, the cycling, the mountain biking and then having time to spend with my family - how can I say that I've sacrificed anything?
How much training do you actually do?

James Westmoreland:
I try to go to the gym four or five times a week, but I'm also out on my push bike and I go out motocrossing probably once a week. I'm quite a small person but I train hard. At the moment I actually feel pretty good at the end of a race so I think I'm in good shape. Having said that I don't want to shout about that because that's what I'm employed by the team to do and it's expected of me and as I said before I enjoy it.
When you look back at the 2013 season, what do you think?

James Westmoreland:
There's a lot of satisfaction to be honest. I've always wanted to ride for the Buildbase BMW team, we've been in contact for a while and I'm really enjoying being with them. We had a great year, put a BMW in the showdown and also got BMW's first pole position - it's good to bring a new manufacturer into the mix.

by Christian Tiburtius

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