MOSSLEY schoolboy Alex Tandy has been crowned academy winner in the Norasport British Supermoto and Superlite Championship less than eight months after cheating death in a freak accident.It was an extraordinary story as the 13-year-old Mossley Hollins High School student secured the division 1E title in the last of the eight moto cross rounds when he finished runner-up at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire.
Alex, who is in his debut season racing, was playing catch up after missing the opening race of the season as he was still recovering from the serious injuries sustained when he plummeted 40 feet from an outside walkway at his school after a glass panel shattered.
Nicknamed the ‘bionic boy’ after the accident, in which he broke his pelvis in two places and snapped tendons in his arm, Alex was back on his bike within two months and winning the Teesside round of the championship.
And in an arm wrestle for the championship with rival Joshua Jasper, Alex came out on top after a thrilling last race of the season.
And 24 hours after clinching the Under-13s title, Alex was back on bike at Cadwell Park for two further races.
Alex competed in the new ACU lite class for bikes of up to 250cc and, on his 85cc model, he finished runner-up in field that included adult racers.
He was also third in the British Supermoto 2-Stroke Championship race.
Alex’s talents have not gone unnoticed as he has been signed up to race with the newly formed Auto Solutions team in 2020 alongside 13 times British elite champion Chris Hodgson who will be competing in the lites class and Alex moving up from 80cc to a larger 250cc machine.Keith Edwards, Alex’s manager, said: “We spoke to Chris and he said that he first noticed Alex last year and felt he had what it takes on and off the track to succeed and was happy to mentor him in the 2020 season.”
It ought to be little surprise that Alex should become a motocross racer as he had his own quad bike on the farm where he was raised from an early age.
Alex saved money to buy his own 85cc bike which he rode in the fields.
But his hobby was taken to a new level after his dad Thomas took Alex to watch his friend Keith Edwards racing.
Alex’s parents then bought him an 85cc racing bike and he began competing part way through the 2018 campaign.
He is trained and mentored by Keith and dreams of becoming a professional racer. He has even used a mini digger to create his own practice jumps on the farm where he lives.
Alex is looking for sponsors to help cover his costs. If you are interested in helping Alex reach the next level, call Keith Edwards 07909 856995 or email Eddie2wheels@gmail.com for details.