A Woolhope ‘wonderkid’ is putting Herefordshire on the world map after a staggering breakthrough season in the world of motocross.
James Hanscomb, aged 13, has defied his years to excel in the sport throughout 2015, culminating in an appearance for his country in the ‘France Master Kids’ event against 25 other nations, where he eventually finished seventh. The Bishops School youngster has starred in both the BYMX and BSMA Championships against many older boys and his form has captured the attention of the world’s largest tyre manufacturer Bridgestone, who is sponsoring him in his tilt for further glory.
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! “I’ve had a really enjoyable season and I feel I am making good progress in the sport. To be recognised by Bridgestone is a huge boost for my confidence and shows that I am performing well out on the track. “This has been a bit of a breakthrough year for me and I am already looking ahead to 2016.”
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 such a mature performer, both on and off the track. “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 203/204 schoolboy range of tyres as he goes from strength to strength. “Seeing James out on track with the Bridgestone name over his bike at the top of the field is a lovely sight. “He’s a little wonderkid! He has done us proud so far, and long may it continue.”