Nov 14, 2014

A TALENTED young motorbike racer is on the hunt for sponsorship to help him challenge for a national championship title next season.

Josh Day, who works at the Mitsubishi Specialist Vehicle Operations centre at Love Lane Industrial Estate, has been racing since 2007 and competes in the British Super Sport Evo Championship, which is shown live on Eurosport.

In September the 26-year-old split from his Be Wiser Kawasaki team and took part in the last four races of the season on a Triumph 675R – an ordinary road bike compared with the highly modified bikes of his competitors.

Despite using a much more basic machine than the other riders, Josh, who has the backing of Ruby Scaffolding Services in Bristol, won two of the races and came third in the other two.

Now he is seeking sponsorship to help him compete next season and challenge for the title.

Josh said: “The last four races show what we could achieve. For a team that has only been going a few weeks we have done really well. Hopefully if I get some more financial support we will have a shot at the title.

“Being happy is the key to our success. We’re all enjoying it and we’re all there to do the best we can. It costs between £60,000 and £80,000 to run a team for the season so I’m really hoping to get the backing of some local companies.”

Josh’s rise through motorsport started in 2006 with a track day at Donington Park. His talent stood out and he was persuaded to join the North Gloucester Road Racing Club in 2007. In 2009 he won the North Gloucester Road Racing 600cc championship, along with

an appearance for his country in a Six Nations event at Donington Park. Josh then followed that up in 2010 by being crowned National Champion after winning the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship.

His rise temporarily hit the brakes in 2011 when the team he signed to ride for in the elite British Superbike Championship went bust after just five rounds. Then in 2012 there was more bad news, as his first tilt at the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championships ended with him resigning from the team part-way through the season, with the team eventually folding.

In 2013 he signed a deal to ride for the Be Wiser Kawasaki team before leaving them last month.

Josh, who grew up in Cirencester and now lives in Swindon, has worked at Mitsubishi Motors’ UK headquarters in Cirencester since he was 16, where he’s a paint sprayer at the company’s state-of-the-art Specialist Vehicle Operations Centre, which refits, adapts and upgrades standard Mitsubishi models to meet individual client requirements for the likes of the Environment Agency, MOD and police.

A fundraising race night at Cirencester Football Club on Saturday, November 1st helped raise £1,725 but he still needs to secure support ahead of next season, which starts in April.

If you could provide financial support to help Josh’s bid for the title next season email josh.day2@hotmail.co.uk


Photo caption: Josh Day, with the individual and team trophies he won in his last four races