September 26th, 2016

Race aces are on the right track

Race aces are on the right track Race aces are on the right track
Joshua (ten) and Saffron (eight) Whatley have been tasting success on their motorbikes. Picture by Marcus Mingins. 4915008MMR1.

TALENTED motorcycling siblings Joshua and Saffron Whatley have been impressing despite their tender years and they are aiming for more success in 2016.

The Evesham duo have both shone on the motorcycling scene and it is believed ten-year-old Joshua has created a slice of history in the shape of his triumphs in this year’s Pro Class Mini Moto British Series and Mini GP 50.

The latter title has been won in the past by English Grand Prix motorcycle racer Scott Redding who races in the MotoGP World Championship and it is thought Joshua is the first person to have won both junior crowns in the same season.

Joshua, who like his sister began racing at the age of six, has also been racing in Spain since turning ten and competed in a couple of rounds of the Spanish RMU Championship which runs alongside the Spanish CEV series which acts as a route to MotoGP.

Joshua’s efforts have not gone unnoticed as he has already been headhunted by prestigious Spanish outfit Team Momn and there will be more international experience coming his way next week when he and his sister both head to South Africa for their latest adventure.

It will be Joshua’s second taste of this endurance event which is arranged by a Dutch organisation and is usually set aside exclusively for Dutch riders.

Eight-year-old Saffron has just completed her second season in the Mini Moto Rookies series and a seventh placed finish was reward for an excellent campaign.

Saffron, like her brother, is very quick, versatile and also loves motocross. She is unsure what 2016 holds as yet but may compete in GP 50, whilst she has also been a regular in Super Moto action at Swindon Karting Arena.

Their mother Ibi Whatley said: “We are very proud of what both of them have achieved and hopefully they can both continue to improve and enjoy their racing.

“Their passion is fantastic and they always look forward to racing.

“We would like to thank Elmley Castle First School for being so supportive of them. The teachers have nurtured and accommodated their needs and we are very thankful.”

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