A TEENAGER from Heathfield has gone from riding at his local track to competing against the very best in Motocross in a quite phenomenal rise through the sport.
Mel Pocock, 19, first hopped on a motorbike aged three but this season has really been his breakthrough with appearances in the Motocross World Championships.
The Monster Energy Yamaha rider enjoyed his best career victory to date when, in front of more than 30,000 spectators he won both races on the opening weekend of the European Championships.
Flying the flag in Saint Jean d’Angely, Western France, on Jubilee Weekend (June 2 and 3), Mel was fast and aggressive in topping qualifying ahead of 85 of Europe and Russia’s best Motocross riders and took that mentality into winning both MX2 series races.
For once a normally partisan French crowd cheered Mel on top of the podium, pictured, and the youngster deservedly takes the winner’s red plate into meetings in Latvia, Russia, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Winchester.
“I was hoping for a top three or four so to do a clean sweep of the whole weekend, which I’ve been told has never been done before, feels amazing,” said Mel, a former Heathfield Community College pupil.
“To do it in front of that many people was sweet and I couldn’t be happier with leading the championships after the first round.”
Injuries to both the first and second choice riders in his Yamaha team has seen Mel make his first appearances in the MX2 series of the World Championships. Last weekend in Portugal was Mel’s fourth appearance, and again he surpassed expectations by finishing seventh overall.
Mel is also second in the British Championships, and with four rounds of racing to go is desperate to catch the leader and take the crown. This weekend he is in Belgium for the next round of the World Championships. Mel said a big thanks to his family for their huge support.