Jack Groves (19), the talented young SuperBike rider from Peatmoor, Swindon, is competing in the Junior SuperBike (BSB) Championships for the rest of the 2009 season, following a new sponsorship agreement with Team HARIBO Starmix.
Jack, who first rode a motorbike at the age of four, is passionate about the sport and committed to becoming a champion. Through this new sponsorship agreement Jack can now race regularly and benefit from the support of an experienced race team.
Jack said: “I have worked hard over the last two years to get onto the BSB grid and race in the Junior Superstock 600 Championship, but it’s been hard to encourage people to take me seriously while I didn’t have sufficient funds to compete regularly. I had good friends behind me, but I didn’t have strong technical support.”
He adds: “Now that Team HARIBO Starmix has agreed to support me, offering sponsorship and expert guidance within a friendly team environment, I will be able to develop my skills more quickly. But one thing I have learnt is that: to be a part of this team you have to commit to working as hard on your education and working life, as on your racing; and that’s a refreshingly balanced attitude.”
First racing on a 600cc at the age of 17, Jack was forced to miss out on critical race meetings due to a lack of financial support. But in 2008 he managed to secure a ride as a Wild Card Entry in the European FIM SuperStock 600cc championship race at Brands Hatch. The 18th position that he gained in that one–off race, gave Jack the confidence to work even harder to pursue his ambition.
Despite improving his skills on the track Jack knows he needs more than racing ability to land and retain a position within Team HARIBO Starmix. Young riders are required to continue to achieve their educational and non-racing career aspirations.
Comments James Jackson, their Racing Principal added: “Our minimum standards mean that riders must be as committed to developing their education and life skills as they are to their racing. Overall we are looking for talent, intelligence, focus and balance.”
Derek Sanders, the team’s Commercial Principal added: “We’re tasked as an incubator team for British Superbike racing; we're here to spot talented young club-racers that we feel we can help to develop.”
Jack’s passion for sport does not end on the track. He is working and saving hard to be able to complete his Level 3 Personal Trainer course and Sport Massage Level 1, and he’ll be taking a Swimming Instructor course too later this year. His ambition is to run his own Personal Trainer and Sports Masseur business. That’s despite his also attending night-school to improve his academic skills.
Ride Now Racing, the organisation behind Team HARIBO Starmix Racing, is dedicated to spotting and bringing-on new young talent and providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise be in a position to pursue their racing with expert support.