Motorsports to me is like air to your lungs. I have always loved every aspect of it from Go-karts
to Formula 1 and mini motos to the GP!
My family are all petrol heads really. My parents used to take us go karting and I loved it. Formula
fun was like a second home to us. Luckily, it stuck! My little brother races go-karts and my
big brother races in the BSB support races so it's not left us yet! I must admit, I'm getting a bit
slack on watching the racing now as work and stunting takes up a lot of my time! I do like to
nose about through magazines to keep up though.
I had a mini moto and an Aprilla RS 125 at 13 of which I was going to race. I remember it all in
white and ready to roll but found cracks in the frame which put my ideas at bay... It was ok
though as at 14 I started work in a motorcycle training school and was around bikes every day
so I was very happy! Apart from all the school bikes, My next bike was the (I'm sorry to say)
Suzuki GN 125. I hated that bike but at the time, it was my only choice and I wasn't about to turn
it down! I had that bike for nearly a year at 16 and from that at 17 I then bought the Yamaha
YZF 600, the Fazer. I got on very well with that bike and did eventually fall in love with it!
At 18, I got the bike of my dreams, apart from the RR, the CBR600F4i and this is now my stunt bike. I first got in to stunt riding at 14. A few friends were doing it and decided to start taking it seriously. I was always very intrigued to the skill and determination of a stunt rider so became apart of it. I started out on the back doing basic tricks with the riders to eventually start moving around the bike and get a little more dangerous! It's a massive thrill to me!
I went on for a few years as a stunt pillion doing 2-up tricks with the team in shows and open
days etc. My knowledge of stunt riding became more apparent to myself and I started thinking
about doing it on my own bike. So I got the pit... For my 19th birthday, my friends got together, behind my back of course, and decided to get me the pit bike so I could start stunting. I started taking it more and more seriously and learning how to put the stunts I had seen into action myself. The first trick I learnt was one foot down wheelie circles of which I had within a week! After 4/5 months training on my pit bike, I went on to stunt my CBR600 F4i.
I am the first and only female stunt rider in the UK currently to be stunting a 600cc motorcycle
and have been on it since mid August 2010.
Ride safe, play extreme!
Francesca 'Chesca' Miles
Life's too short, no regrets.