We recently caught up with Joel Fisher, about how his year went, getting to know the 2020 AMCA 85cc Youth Champion and what next year holds.
- Current Age: 14
- Hometown: Warmingham, Cheshire
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Joel, congrats on your 2020 AMCA 85cc Youth Championship- tell us a bit about ho this year went for you and what your best and most challenging moment was?
The year started off really well managing to get all 3 wins round 1 at Boraston, which gave me a lot of confidence going into round 2. At round 2 I got a puncture which caused me to finish out of the top 10 in one of the races, which also caused me to drop into 2nd in the championship. Round 3 at Warmingham Lane went perfect for me managing to get 3 wins, also helping me to make up some valuable championship points again. The last round at Long Lane was mega for me as I love the wet conditions. I knew I had to get the lead that round as we knew it was very unlikely that what was meant to be the last round we would be on due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. I managed to get all 3 wins that day which put me back in the points lead!
The best moment for me was probably round 3 at Warmingham as its my hometown track and most of my family were there to watch it (Joel took all 3 wins). The worst moment was definitely the puncture at round 2 as I had done the work to get to the front and I couldn’t do anything to stop that from happening.
How was lockdown for you and considering many couldn’t ride, what kept you busy during that time?
Trials bikes and mountain bikes!! I am fortunate in the fact that I have a big garden and I was able to ride my trials bike and mountain bike to keep me from going insane.
How did you get into racing and when did you get your first bike?
I got into racing through my dad as he raced from a young age and I got my first bike when I was about 3 years old, which was a PW50.
Do you train with anyone else, on or off the bike? Any kind of training off the bike that you do?
I train with Rikki Priest and he is a big help, especially with things at the races because he has been there and knows what works and what doesn’t. Off the bike I go to the gym twice a week with also doing badminton on Monday and Friday’s to keep it fun!
What are your future plans and goals?
Next year I am planning on doing the Bridgestone British Masters and the AMCA British Championship, along with select rounds of MX Nationals. My goals for 2021 are to finish top 10 in both championships as I will be moving to the 125cc bigger bike and class. In the future it is definitely a goal to also qualify for a MXGP EMX round.
Favorite MXGP racer: Jeffrey Herlings, as his riding style is amazing to watch!
Favorite AMA Supercross racer: Jett Lawrence, he leaves it all on the track.
Favorite MX event you’ve been to or participated in? Probably anything at Hawkstone as its so special and the track is amazing to ride!
Wishing Joel all the best for the 2021 season!
Images supplied by Joel Fisher.