Jake Nicholls Prepped and ready for Maxxis!
Maxxis ACU British MX1 Championship contender Jake Nicholls is putting the finishing touches to his preparations for 2018 in time for the opening round at Lyng on March 11 – although he’s not making any hard and fast predictions for this year’s campaign.
“The goal is to ride how I know I can ride and enjoy every minute of it. I’m confident the rest will follow if I just stick to that plan. I know I’ve worked as hard I ever have done and I’m enjoying riding my bike more than I have done for years so hopefully that will reflect in my racing as well.
“I can’t wait for Lyng. It’s not far for me, I really like the track and my own track is not dissimilar to it.”
The 27-year-old from Ipswich was leading last year’s championship after two rounds before his season came to an abrupt end when he dislocated his hip at the Italian GP. The injury prompted his retirement from world championship racing which enabled a move to Buildbase Honda which follows a purely domestic programme.
“I started riding the Buildbase Honda as soon as I was allowed to at the start of November and it’s been good,” he said. “I was injured and didn’t ride for so many months last year so I’ve kinda built up my speed and bike fitness at the same time as getting used to the bike.
“The team have been really, really good. I’ve been given so much stuff – all the gear I need – and they seem like a great bunch to work for. I’ve known Dave for years and we’ve always got on well.”
The team withdrew from the Hawkstone International last month in favour of remaining at their training base in Southern Europe.
“We got back from Spain about two weeks ago – we went there for 11 days. I’ve been doing a fair bit of riding at home but my track was frozen solid so it was a good time to go. We got lucky because it rained there quite a bit so none of the tracks were the usual blue groove style you expect in Spain.
“It was a really good trip and I got to know the team. Mark Eastwood was over there and he knows all the tracks and he also does my suspension so we got that dialled in.”
The Buildbase Honda set-up allows Jake to take a more hands-on approach to personalising his bike which he clearly favours.
“My suspension set-up seems so different with Mark compared to being on a spreadsheet with WP. The set-up is tailor-made for me rather than a ‘this is what Cairoli had so you shouldn’t be far out’ sort of thing and I really like the bike. You can’t knock it, it’s mega and the team have been using it for 12 months so they’ve got it pretty well set-up already.