Rose rides to championship lead

NOW HE'S MOTORING: Loversall rider Jimmy Rose leads the way in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship after four rounds. Picture: Trevor Price.
NOW HE'S MOTORING: Loversall rider Jimmy Rose leads the way in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship after four rounds. Picture: Trevor Price.
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JIMMY Rose answered an SOS from his race team boss dad and ended up riding straight to the top of the rankings.

The Loversall motorcyclist could not resist pulling back on the racing leathers when dad Shaun needed a third rider to complete his new racing team, Moto-Breakers based out of Balby.

And despite being out of the sport for three years, the 23-year-old now leads the way in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship after four rounds.

Rose said: “It’s been a fantastic few months and I never thought I’d be at the sharp end of the competition.

“My dad put together a team at Christmas and was looking for a third rider.

“There was no way I would have been happy watching my dad going all over the country racing and me just staying back and not being involved.

“I jumped at the chance and it’s paid off.”

The Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship is used as a springboard to bigger things by the best young riders in Britain.

There is no prize for the winner and the top three riders are not eligible to return the following year.

But winners have been snapped up by big teams so there is plenty at stake for Rose.

He said: “The incentive is massive, especially with how I’ve started.

“Everything has gone really well and now I’m up there I’m going to do my best not to let it go.

“It’s been great getting back on the bike and I’m dedicating myself to it, training every day.”

Former Balby Carr pupil Rose competed throughout his teens and placed highly in several championships.

Family concerns saw him quit racing three years ago but he is delighted to be back.

He said: “Me and my dad haven’t always worked together particularly well but everything is fine now.

“He’s taken a backseat in all this and got in a race manager who has brought a real professional feel to what we do.

“We’re really well prepared for everything and it’s showing in the results.”

Hot on Rose’s tail in the standings is young team mate Jake Dixon who trails by a single point while third rider James Lodge is in eighth.

Rose believes the competition from his team mates is helping to improve his performance.

He said: “Jake is really fast and he’s pushing me all the way.

“When you’re going into a season you want to be the best in your team and having the pressure put on by the other lads really makes you up your game.

“Jake’s only 16 and he’s doing unbelieveably well, he’s one to keep an eye on.”

Rose and Lodge suffered disaster in the third round of the championship at Oulton Park when they were involved in a crash on the first lap.

But Rose recovered well to finish fifth and second in two races at the following round at Donnington Park, picking up valuable points to take him top of the pile.