2020 started as any other year for the Army Motorcycle Road Race Team, in February the Team travelled to Cartagena Race Circuit in Spain for Winter Testing. The warmer and more predictable weather allowed the riders to adjust their machines following the winter break and prepare themselves both physically and mentally for the start of the season. Then Corona virus struck, and plans were put on hold with no racing set to resume until the summer.
Once restrictions had been lifted the Team travelled north to Blyton Park for the British Army track day. The track day has two aims: provide the riders an opportunity to train and be coached in a controlled environment while also providing an opportunity for interested riders to meet the Team and show case their ability for team selection. As motorcycle road race was one of the first sports to re-start in 2020 Forces TV visited the event. They produced a short piece for the team including riding footage and interviews which was subsequently broadcast across the Forces TV network. The entire event was a huge success from a rider development perspective and as a selection event with two riders selected to join the team off the back of their performance on the track day.
The Sprint team lead the charge for racing with the first round of the Inter-Service Championship with ThundersportGB in July. The Team worked hard to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protection measures and the racing went well too with Army taking first and second in the Inter-Service Championship race! The Endurance team followed with their first race three weeks later followed by a shortened season with No Limits Endurance racing. The Endurance team produced a string of solid results, crucially developing the Team’s junior riders in preparation for the 2021 season and the chance to be selected for the Sprint team and the opportunity to compete in the Inter-Service Championship. Sgt Spencer-Fleet competed in five rounds of the Ducati TriOptions championship at National level with British Superbikes. A change in approach to racing at this level, both physically and mentally, enabled him to set personal best times at every track visited, with a best result of twelfth in a highly competitive class. Sgt Spencer-Fleet was recognised for his passion and drive within the sport and awarded a BAE Scholarship by the ASCB and the title of Elite Sportsman.
The Sprint Team continued this run of form with Sgt Leon Wilton winning three out of five of the Inter-Service races and going on to take the title for the British Army to become the Inter-Service Road Race Champion!
Despite frustrations at times 2020 was a successful year for the Army Motorcycle Road Race Team. Roll on 2021!