Bow biker Sam gearing up for a new season
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 April 2012
Former Raines pupil preparing for Triumph Triple Challenge at Brands Hatch this weekend
Bow biker Sam Cox is gearing up for a busy season as he prepares for this weekend’s opening Triumph Triple Challenge meet at Brands Hatch.
The former Raines school pupil has undergone a rigorous pre-season regime, that has even seen the 21-year-old partake in boxing training with Repton BC.
However, since February, Cox has been back out on the track, getting used to his new Triumph 675 bike, which he will ride in the national series.
“My pre-season really started before Christmas,” said Cox. “It was back then that I started getting myself into shape and training with Repton.
“I wasn’t able to get on a bike so I had to keep fit until February, when I was able to hit the track.”
During February, Cox spend three days testing at the famous Cartagena circuit in Spain, testing out his new bike in the warm Mediterranean weather.
“The bike I am riding this season is double the horsepower of the one I used last season,” he said.
“It is the most powerful bike I have ever ridden so it is important that I get to know and understand what the bike can do.
“Luckily we had really nice weather in Spain and worked on the track a lot and it was a really positive trip.”
However, a month later things had all changed when Cox took part in a club meeting with the North Gloucester Club at Brands Hatch.
During qualifying, Cox crashed twice, suffering damage to both bike and rider.
“It was a cold and wet weekend and the track was half-damp so it was difficult to decide what tyres to use,” said Cox.
“It was a bit of a wasted weekend to be honest, and those crashes were needless, especially the second one which was caused by another rider trying a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre.”
Things improved for Cox a fortnight ago though on a practice weekend with the British Motor Cycle Racing club at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, where the Bow biker finished in ninth place despite lining up in sixth with just five laps to go.
“We had a really good weekend at Snetterton and I was pleased with my overall performance,” he said.
“I am not one of those bikers that goes hell for leather from the start, I like to take my time and work my way up the grid.”
This weekend, Cox is hoping to banish the bad memories he has of Brands Hatch from earlier in pre-season, but is not setting his sights too high when it comes to how high he finishes.
“When you consider that I have a new bike that I am still getting used to, I would be happy if I managed to finish in the top 15 or even the top 20 to be honest,” he said. “That way I would have an indicator of where I am at in terms of my progress.
“I am feeling fighting fit and haven’t got any injuries and I am looking forward to finally getting the season underway.
“There is no set position that I am aiming for, I am just happy to be able to compete at this level.”
The weekend will be broadcast live on Eurosport, and Cox is hoping that being on the television will help him in his so-far fruitless hunt for some much-needed sponsorship.
“Being on the TV would be great for any sponsor,” he said. “I am appealing to local businesses as at the moment it is just myself and my dad funding me.
“Sponsoring me would be a great way to promote your business and the racing environment offers great entertainment opportunities.
“Hopefully I’ll be doing the entertaining this weekend.”