Hi, I’m Alex Wood and I’m 15.
My passion is racing motorbikes. I’ve just completed my second ever year of racing and I loved every second. I improved consistently throughout the year, working my way through the ranks and gaining experience all the time.
2015 racing debut
I started racing in 2015 on an Aprilia Superteens 125 bike in the IN Competition Aprilia Challenge.
In my very first race, I came a respectable 10th and was delighted to finish a superb 6th in the second race of the day. On day 2, I had a technical fault in the first race leading me to retire 2 laps from the finish. Thankfully we got it sorted in time for the second race where I started 11th on the grid and was able to battle through the pack to finish in 5th. This put me in 2nd position in the championship on my first ever weekend racing which was incredible!
By the end of the year, my final tally was 7 race wins and a number of podiums, ultimately finishing 5th overall in a highly competitive series.
During my first season, I was spotted by Peter “Pete the Restorer” Thorne who put me on his Yamaha TZ125 in the two-stroke GP with No Limits Racing and Darby Phoenix. On the same bike, I entered my first round of BSB at Silverstone, finishing in the points in my very first race.
In 2016, I moved up to race an Aprilia RRV450. It was a big jump up from the 125 I’d ridden previously but I was able to get to grips with the new bike fairly quickly which helped me massively.
I started the season strongly with a number of good finishes but, unfortunately, I had a bad crash at Snetterton, breaking both of my wrists. To get me back on my bike as quickly as possible, I had sessions in a hyperbaric chamber (where you breathe pure oxygen in a pressurised chamber which stimulates bone repair) and laser therapy. After some intensive treatment, I was back on a bike in under 4 weeks and managed to get on the podium that very weekend.
Over the next few rounds, I had some great finishes, always finishing in the top 5 whenever I raced.
My season came to disappointing end in September at the Donington round. I had some great finishes over the weekend but unfortunately was caught up in a collision in the last race. It was actually on the last lap as well – I was fighting for 3rd, there was a crash ahead of me and I couldn’t avoid a colliding with a crashed bike. This resulted in another broken wrist, as well as a ruined bike!
It was a difficult season and I missed many rounds due to my injuries but I was encouraged by the fact that I was always fighting near the front when I was racing.
I will be racing an Aprilia RRV450 again in 2017 and I am keen to hear from any sponsors who can help me to cover the costs and realise my dream of becoming a professional racer. Publicity is offered through television coverage and interviews, A-boards outside the awning, logos on leathers and many photos and information on my racing pages on social media.
Please get in touch with me if you’re able to help or support in any way.
Alex Wood #26