Following his seventh-place championship finish in the 2016 BYN Big-Wheel 85s, Max Ingham’s 2017 rookie 125s season started in a solid way.
Campaigning on a KTM, the Isle of Man youngster made steady progress and was up to ninth in the British Youth National Championship by mid season. And once he switched to Hardcore Yamaha power his season really took off.
At the penultimate Landrake round of the BYN series, Max hit a 5-4-3-2-4 finish, taking joint second overall – podium third – to move up to series fifth. And at the Pontrilas championship finale a 5-6-2-1-4 result saw Max up on the podium again, this time clear in second place overall.
His best result of the year cemented fifth place in the series and he was more than happy to claim his maiden 125s heat win. That was early in September and later in the month another high point was a trip to Shropshire.
“What an unbelievable weekend at Hawkstone Park,” said Max. “A last-minute entry into the British Round of the World Enduro Championship in the Enduro Youth class was an experience I’ll never forget.
“After having only one test session on my new Yamaha 125, which only arrived a few days before the event, I felt a little apprehensive about riding in front of such a big crowd, at such an iconic venue. “I can only thank those people who helped me throughout the weekend to achieve a great sixth overall.
“I have never experienced anything as difficult or exhausting and have never been so happy to see the chequered flag. “Jamie McCanney got the bike race-ready for me and I wouldn’t have got there without him and his help in walking the tests together with Daniel McCanney and David Knight.
“Roland Shaw deserves a big thank you for his help in the pits along with Ashley Kelly and of course my amazing dad. Also thanks to all of the Manx supporters around the track cheering me on and a massive thanks to Paul Edmondson for putting on such a great event.”
Max has confirmed he is again to be a part of the Hardcore Yamaha youth team in 2018 targeting the British Youth National 125 Championship. He’s also confirmed at the February HIMX Hawkstone International in the MXY2 class.
Also helping Max out are Isle of Man Sport Aid, Road and Track M/C, CFX Seats, Boysen and Amped.