Interview: Rossi Beard – ready for British Championship!
Words: RHL Activities
Rossi Beard, the 2017 ACU British Youth National Championship 125cc Champion, is getting geared up for the season and especially for the 2018 Judd KTM British Youth National Championship. Beard will make a step up to the British Open Championship within the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship series, where he will aim to put a mark on the class as a new rider and battle for the title. Having won the 85cc big wheel class in 2016, followed by the 125cc class in 2017 in dominant form, Beard is well placed to make the switch and be in contention for a top placing.
In preparation to the opening round of the series, which will be held at Culham MX Park as part of the British Motocross Festival on Friday 30 March to April 2 in Oxfordshire, RHL Activities caught up with Beard to see how his off season has been going and how he’s feeling heading into the new season.
RHL: How do you feel going into this season and competing at the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship?
Rossi: “I feel confident going into the new season. I have had a good past few years and hopefully I can keep it up this year.”
RHL: This year we see you have made the move up to the 250cc four-stroke machine in the Open class, what influenced the decision to change?
Rossi: “At first we hadn’t planned on me moving up, but after a few rides on the 250 I felt I took to it very well and we hope it’s the better choice for me this season.”
RHL: The opening round of the series will be held at Culham, which is a superb venue and this year it plays host to the British Motocross Festival. What are your thoughts on the track and what are you looking forward to at Culham?
Rossi: “I am very excited for the first round at Culham. I have had good results there in the past and a fantastic ride there last year. Hopefully I can get some points behind me, which will help with the fight for the Championship.”
RHL: Last year you became the 2017 ACU British 125cc Champion. This was a tremendous achievement and one you must be very proud of. Can you tell us how you felt your season went last year and what are your aims for this year?
Rossi: “Last year was amazing. It was my first year on the 125cc and I completed the year winning the ACU British 125cc Championship and the MX Nationals MXY1 series’ title. My plan for this year is to give it my best shot in the Judd KTM British Youth National Open Championship and hopefully be running in the top five.”
RHL: What’s your favourite track on the calendar this year and why?
Rossi: “My favourite track would have to be Crookwood. It has some big jumps and ruts up really well, which is what I enjoy.”
RHL: Finally do you have any plans to race the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship or any European rounds?
Rossi: “We haven’t planned on doing any Europeans, but will see how things go and I might do a couple. I am competing in the Maxxis in the MXY2 class where I hope to be running in the top three.”
If you would like to see the 2017 ACU British 125cc Champion in action then head on down to Culham MX Park on Easter Weekend. To find out more information on the event please head over towww.rhlactivities.com