Revved-up Pope keen to build on national success

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Oliver Pope has set his sights on more success after speeding to victory in the inaugural British Mini Bike Super Moto Championships.

The Fareham racer, 24, became the first-ever winner of the new competition.

He took victory in the six-race series, building on previous national and European success when he competed on a larger bike in 2008.

Racing for the Gosport-based YCF UK team, Pope secured victories at events in Manchester, the Midlands and Lincolnshire – outperforming his opponents to such an extent that he secured the championship with a race to spare.

Pope will aim to defend his crown next year and also has bigger ambitions.

He added: ‘I want to enter the championships next year and win it again with YCF UK.

‘I’m also planning on entering the National Championships for big bike super moto, too, and will hopefully get a wildcard entry for the Europeans.

‘At the moment I just want to win as much as possible.’

Pope is hoping his success will inspire others to take up the sport.

‘The competition this year was great and I really enjoyed all of the races,’ he added.

‘We get a lot of people coming across from motocross and road racing because it shares so many elements of those disciplines.

‘It would be great to see more people get involved.

‘A lot of people use mini bikes as a way to learn biking and to get involved in biking without the greater costs of full-sized motocross bikes.’

– JAMES AYLES