Adam Collings is a 15-year-old from Brimpton, Berkshire, who has really impressed on his 125 and has a big future ahead. We caught up with him to see how the last few months have gone been…
MX Vice: So, you impressed quite a lot of people at Hawkstone. How did you find it?
Adam Collings: Hawkstone was an awesome weekend. I qualified on pole by 1.6 seconds, even against 250s, which was great. In the first two races I won, but I crashed in the last race on the start; I came through to finish 6th, I still got the overall for the 125s and 250s, which we were over the moon with. The track was nice and rough, so you had to get a good rhythm and keep your corner speed up.
How did you get on in 2016?
In 2016 I raced the Dutch ONK and the Dutch Masters on the 85. In the ONK I came fifth in the championship, with seven moto wins and two overall wins, but we just had some bike trouble halfway through the season. In the Dutch Masters I came fourth in the championship, joint with third. I had a third in the last moto of the season and a third overall then. The season went great; I had a couple of races in the UK like the MX Nationals at Wakes Colne on the 85, which I won with three out of four moto wins, and the BYN at Cusses Gorse on the 125. That was my first 125 race and I won with two moto wins and two holeshots.
What are you plans for 2017?
For 2017 I will race the EMX125 series and the Dutch Masters on the 125, with maybe a couple of the Maxxis.
How are you expecting to do this year?
I don't really know what to expect for this year. I'm hoping to be in the top twenty in the EMX and maybe top ten at the masters, but I've been training hard and will be happy as long as we get through my first year well.
Do you prefer riding in the sand? Obviously you were very dominant at Hawkstone on a 125!
I prefer riding on hard pack, as I grew up racing it. It's only really over the last two years I've really gotten to know sand and racing all the Dutch last year has taught me to ride well on both surfaces. I was training on hard pack and racing on sand, but I enjoy riding both and Hawkstone has always been one of my favourite tracks. Riding on the sand is more about momentum than power, however, which is why I was able to win, as I have learnt to carry lots of corner speed on sand.
What team are you on for this season?
This season I'm not really fixed on a specific team. My team is a combination of sponsors and it's called Hardcore Vega Solutions KTM.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank for the help they’ve given you?
I'd like to give a huge thanks to Hardcore Racing, Vega Solutions, Apico, Leatt, Premier Bikes, Pol Motors, Super MX, FTR suspension and Eat My Dirt graphics who have made my racing possible.
Interview: Matt Singer | Images: Paul Simpson