From a last minute decision to race to third overall in the Pro MX2 championship, Jamie Carpenter had a solid year, we caught up with him to find out his 2020 story.
Third overall in the MX2 Championship, were you happy with your how you season went?
Overall, I’m happy with the end result. I hadn’t actually planned to race the series until just a week before the first round at Hawkstone, my plans to race abroad this year unfortunately fell through and with COVID I ended up back in the UK. The first two rounds were not as good as I expected but after making a few set up changes I managed to get going better and finished the Championship strong with two 2nd place overalls.
We noticed you have a pretty cool idea with your title sponsors this year, talk us through how that all works as you’re the only one in the paddock to be doing it?
I do most of my own bike work and mechanics myself and I take pride in prepping my bikes for the races. I’m lucky to have a few great personal sponsors and I try to keep my race bikes looking as good as possible to advertise them. As a privateer it’s quite expensive to be putting on new plastics and graphics for every race to do this so I came up with the idea that any company could be the title sponsor on my graphics for a fee per race which would help me cover the costs of new plastics, graphics, entry fee and fuel to get to the race. As I have to finance most of my racing myself, I am really grateful to the people who supported me and got on board with this idea.
What’s your plans for the 2021 season, have you got your eyes on the 2021 MX Nationals British MX2 Championship?
At present I have no firm plans for the 2021 season, I am in discussions with a couple of people but nothing is concrete. As it stands, I might not even be on the start line unless I can get something sorted. The 2021 MX2 Championship is definitely in my sights and I am confident that I can be in the hunt for it.