I finished Motocross at 17 and went into Supermoto and at that time it was university time and I was getting paid reasonably well by Aprilia and I think my mum just got fed up with me being at home and said that you either go to university or get yourself another job.
So I said, 'Right I'll go to university' and went and did Sports Science at Huddersfield University. I was interested in it, it helped out with racing and I'm now a fully qualified trainer.
I've been lucky to have a good family behind me and they've always said that you can do well at racing but it's a short career and you have to be prepared so my mum has always pushed me on the academic side of things. I do like to keep my feet on the ground and that's why I've always tried to keep doing some work through my racing.
Even when I was in Supermoto and earning pretty good money I still worked. It was stupid really because I used it as an incentive and always thought that if I didn't go fast enough I would have to do that job every day, but I was doing it every day anyway.
What job do you do?
I'm a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades really. I've been working as a builder since I left Uni and I work with a friend of mine who's also my training partner. He's a really good guy and if I need some time off it can always be arranged. I also work with another friend of mine who's a tree surgeon and my girlfriend's dad's got a tyre garage so when he's off I go in and help there. I try not to be work shy. This year has been more difficult though and work has taken a massive backseat because when you're in worlds you can be away from Wednesday through to the Tuesday and then there is also lots of training to be done.
When you look at your career it's virtually wall to wall Supermoto…
It's something that I love definitely. To be honest with you, if I watch motorcycle racing it will be Motocross or Supermoto. Watching short circuits doesn't really interest me a massive amount.
I got out of Motocross because my parents made me, I had a lot of bad injuries and it was getting a bit silly. I was not too bad and was British Champion at junior level but I wasn't going to win any big championships. Basically at the time I got out of racing and that was pretty much me done.
It was my dad who bought the Supermoto bike and he let me have a go so I then got into that. I think I saw it as a stepping stone in that I couldn't afford to go road racing and the next best thing was to go into Supermoto. Off the back of the first race I got some support from Dave Clarke Racing and it pretty much went from there.
What exactly is Supermoto?
Motocross is fully off road whereas Supermoto is basically a Motocross bike with slightly bigger brakes so that you can stop and road tyres. The Supermoto course is 70% tarmac and 30% dirt.
And then you stayed in Supermoto for a number of years…
We stayed in it for a long time because I was chasing a world championship. Unfortunately that never came but we had a lot of success along the way. It's hard to come out of something when you're getting paid to do something very enjoyable and you're at the top of your game.