Jamie takes British title — despite not being keen on bikes …

Date: Friday 3rd November 2017

EDEN’S Jamie Stables is the new British supermoto minibike champion.

The 25-year-old from Kirkby Thore wrapped up the title on Saturday at Rockingham motorsport circuit— the last of nine rounds — having been beaten only twice this year.

Riding a Honda CRF 150, Jamie won 21 out of 24 races throughout the season, finished second in two, and did not start the other after coming off his bike while riding in the 450 class. He was 45 points ahead going into the last round, and won the title by a huge 60 points.

He also finished ninth overall in the British two-stroke championship with only a couple of rides on a KTM 380.

After winning the championship, Jamie immediately sold his bike as he is planning to move up to the open (up to 450cc) class next year, riding a 450 KTM.

Jamie, who works as a farm contractor, travels to meetings with his dad, Adrian, a former rider, who is now his mechanic. He admitted that Jamie is not actually a fan of motorbikes, having got into the sport by accident.

“He doesn’t really like bikes,” he said. “He got into it through a friend and his son, who were racing minibikes, and I was going with them to Wigan. The son couldn’t race so Jamie rode his bike despite never having been on a bike for six years and never having seen the bike or the track before — and he did OK and enjoyed it.”

Jamie is largely self-funded, but receives support from MHB Motorcycles, Kirkby Stephen, and Excel Body Repairs, Appleby.