Sam Atkinson currently leads the Big Wheel 85cc Championship at the Judd KTM British Youth Championship.
We caught up with Sam ahead of tomorrow’s and Sunday’s racing action to see how things are going for him in the Official ACU British Youth Motocross Championship.
RHL: How has the season gone so far for you?
Sam: “This season has gone the way I wanted so far. When they dropped the age limit in Europe we decided to go for the main Championships in the UK. I’ve trained really hard in the winter and put so much time and effort into this year, it is paying off. At the moment I am leading the BYC which is the most important to me.”
RHL: Whitby hosted the second round of the Championship. How was it for you?
Sam: “Whitby was a good round for me. I’ve never rode there before but the track was great. I won four out of five races and took the Championship lead.”
RHL: This weekend is the third round of the Judd KTM British Youth Championship at Fatcat Moto Parc in Doncaster. What are your thoughts on the circuit along with your plan/goal for the weekend?
Sam: “I am happy that the Championship is heading to Fatcats as I know that track well. I am confident that I can race my best there. The goal for me this weekend is to keep the points head and if possible extend it further.”
RHL: Going into this weekends event you currently lead the British Big Wheel 85cc Championship with 438 points and a few points ahead of Charlie Heyman who sits in second place. How does it feel being the current Championship leader in the Official British Big Wheel 85cc Championship?
Sam: “I can’t wait to pull up on the start line at Fatcats with the red plate knowing I am one of the fastest riders in the country. I am only leading the British Championship by a couple of points so I have to keep charging forward. We have been here before, so anything can happen in racing. I know how good Charlie is and that I have to keep focused.”
RHL: What do you get up inbetween the meetings. Do you get much time on the bike and to train?
Sam: “I get home schooled through the week so that allows me to get out on my bike as much as possible. I train with RMJ Academy, they set everything for me in regards to gym and fitness to get me ready for the races.”
RHL: Finally what would you say to a rider who is looking to come up into the Judd KTM British Youth Championship?
Sam: “I would say to upcoming riders to do this Championship even at all abilities. This will naturally help you and get you faster follwing other riders. This is the Championship in the country with the fastest riders.
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