Alex Heaton 111 Racing
Alex Heaton 111 Racing Team
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Many titles would follow from 2000 to 2002 racing at Regional and British Championships across the UK. During this time Alex was also chosen, by the ACU, to ride in the European Championship at the San Marino GP.
2003 saw Alex move up to “bigbikes”, riding his Cagiva 80cc motorcycle in the Formula 80 Junior Racing Association Championship. The year started with a bang as Alex won both races on his debut. This led to Alex being awarded the Bike Sport News “Man of the Meeting” in his first ever race meeting. Alex continued his rapid rise through the ranks and moved up to Formula 125 riding an Aprilia RS125 and immediately impressed.
2004 saw Alex contending the JRA Formula 125 championship. After dominating the series in the first half of the year, reliability problems with his Aprilia RS125 machine saw the opposition close in. Undeterred, Alex kept his head high and clinched the championship at the final round at the Three Sisters circuit.
2005 marked Alex’ step up to a Honda RS125 GP bike, to which he adapted very quickly. He joined the Honda Super Club championship mid way through 2005, taking a Pole Position, one win and four podium finishes by the end of the year.
2006 saw Alex contending the Honda Super Club championship. Thirteen podium finishes including two wins, meaning that his consistent performances throughout the year resulted in him achieving his goal and becoming champion by 85 points from his nearest rival. At the end of the year, his hard work was rewarded when he was asked to test for Red Bull in Valencia, Spain.
Alex continued on the Honda RS125 for 2007, but didn’t concentrate on a particular championship. He came second in the Preston and District championship despite missing a round and winning every race but two. Alex also entered two rounds of the British 125cc championship.
In 2008 Alex took the step up to 4-stroke racing and bought a Suzuki SV650 to race with the newly formed club Thundersport GB, riding in the Junior Powerbike class. Alex instantly gelled with his new machine, and within one race meeting he was the fastest SV650 in class. It was a successful transition from 2 to 4-stroke machinery, numerous podiums throughout the year enabled Alex to finish 4th overall despite missing three rounds.
Staying on the Suzuki for another year, the sole aim was to win the 2009 Junior Powerbike championship. The year got off to a steady start but soon turned sour when an unfortunate off at Oulton Park in wet weather, all but destroyed the bike. Despite this bad luck, Alex claimed many podiums later in the season and still managed to salvage 5th Place in the championship overall.
In late December 2009, Alex was approached by the Knight Road Race Team who asked him to ride their Ducati Monster 800 aircooled twin in the Junior Powerbike class for 2010. The team had finished runner up in the class in the two previous seasons, so with the promise of a proven race winning bike, Alex accepted their offer.The year started with a bang as Alex won five out of the first eight races. Although heading the standings by midseason, a couple of poor race meetings meant he had dropped to second.
The championship came down to the final round but Alex was unable to close the gap and finished second overall with 8 race wins, 3 pole positions and 2 lap records.
2011 saw Alex make the jump from the Ducati Monster 800 to the vastly more powerful 1198. From the first day of testing, Alex showed great compatibility with his new bike and finished with a podium place at the first race of the season.
The Thundersport GB organisers realised Alex’s potential and invited him to compete in the UK Superstock 1000 class of the World Superbike round at Donington Park. Following a very competitive weekend of racing, he managed to finish in the top 10 among some of the country’s most respected racers.
Despite having to familiarise himself with a new bike, Alex has still maintained a high level of consistency and has achieved two lap records alongside this.
Alex finished the season in a very respectable 3rd place overall – which has exceed the initial expectations of the Team at the beginning of the
season, culminating with finishing the last race of the year in 1st place on the podium.
Brands Hatch - 2nd - 4th March
Donington Park - 24th - 26th March
Mallory Park - 1st April
Cadwell Park - 20th - 22nd April
Oulton Park - 24th - 26th May
Snetterton 200 - 22nd - 24th June
Mallory Park - 13th - 15th July
Brands Hatch 10th - 12th August
Anglesey - 1st - 2nd September
Cadwell Park - 21st - 23rd September
Mallory Park - 19th - 21st October
BSB Wildcard Rounds, Superstock 1000
The season being over with Alex Heaton and Team winning the Superstock 1000 Championship for 2012. Excellant way to end the year after a shakey start of the season but after Each race the Team grew in confidence and experience leading to becoming 2012 Superstock Thundersport Champion.
Well Done to Alex and the whole Team effort. Bring on 2013...