We feature 16-year-old Dominic Fletcher, who not only has skills on the tar, but also is quite handy when it comes to motocross racing and other forms of motorcycle racing. This is what he had to say in this weeks bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup profile.
Tell us about where your love for motorcycle racing began and why?
Junior racing began when I was nine years old at a Minikhana, as I was also into Trials. The club introduced me to every discipline in terms of motorcycle racing.
Tell us about the first time you hopped on a motorcycle.
It all started when I was about four years old. I got a quad bike for Christmas. I had a whole lot of fun on it by just cutting some laps on it around the back yard. That just kept ongoing. Then I got a KX50 for my sixth birthday. I was simply just out in the bush riding every day of the week. That’s where the racing started.
Thinking back, tell us about one of your favourite memories growing up when it comes to motorcycling?
My favourite memory would have to be when I won back-to-back state titles in the Minikhana in 2012-2013 just before I left to go do motocross.
What career do you hope to end up in? For example, WSBK or MotoGP racer?
My ultimate goal is to go and race professionally in the AMA Motocross and Supercross series, along with MotoGP as well. However, I don’t think I’ll be able to fit all that in one race season. So, I would just love to be able to race any form of motorcycle discipline professionally.
Tell us who your sporting idol is. How have they impacted you and your love for motorcycling?
One of my major idols is definitely Chad Reed. He is always striving to achieve and just how fast he was, and still is today. For Chad to come back from injuries the way that he has with his can-do attitude has just taught me that no matter what happens you can still come back after major blows. On top that, he’s an Aussie and does us proud.
What have you learnt from the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup?
The bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup has taught me a whole new side of racing. Everything from bike setup, riding technique. I really have learnt so much from the everyone, especially from Damian Cudlin, who has years of experience racing overseas. I still have a lot of learning to do, but really this whole program has just accelerated the learning so fast, which I’m very grateful for.
Tell us about your bike, helmet, leathers, gloves and boots. How are you adjusting to the new bike? How do you find the products that have been chosen specially for you?
Hands down, all of the gear and the Yamaha YZF-R15 are the best things ever.
In terms of the riding gear, once we found the right sizing gear, everything just fit me perfectly. The AGV helmet is just so comfy. I can almost guarantee I will always be wearing an AGV helmet for the rest of my life, which is a credit to the design of the helmet. The Ricondi leathers, what can you say about them, which has not already been said? They are light, super protective which is everything you need. That goes with the same about their gloves. And finally, the TCX boots. Once again, not only do they offer really good protection, but they are just so comfy to wear, even walking in them is easy.
So, we are very lucky to be fitted out in some really good gear, and I have to thank everyone who is involved!
We will release profiles from the class of 2019 each week, so be sure to stay tuned on your favourite star by heading to ASBK.com.au and following the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Facebook page!