Interview: Jay Lamb talks about his time racing in Australia and his intentions to return home


Interview: Jay Lamb talks about his time racing in Australia and his intentions to return home

Jay Lamb made the big decision to move to Australia and has enjoyed the last two years racing there. However, as much as he loved his time in Australia, Lamb intends to return to Scotland in the near future and is looking for a trip to the UK.

We caught up with Lamb to talk about his career in Australia, goals for the future and more…

GateDrop: Jay, you have been racing in Australia for the last two years, what has that experience been like and what has it been like racing in that series?

Mutton: Yes, I have been racing in Australia for the last 2 years and it has been an amazing experience. My girlfriend and I left Scotland with only one suitcase each to pursue this dream and it truly has been a dream come true. The series is called the Aus Pro Mx championship and it’s a really good, well-run series, very similar to the British Championship. At first it was very difficult to come back from an injury and get away from the sport for a couple of years and give my body the time it needed to heal and travel to the other side of the world not knowing anyone and having to find a job to make pay for everything at the beginning. But very soon I met some amazing people who were very happy to join and support me and become part of the private MXR&D team supported by City Coast Motorcycles and Yamaha Motors AU. It truly was a dream come true and I can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make this happen for me.

GateDrop: Looking back over the last two years racing in Australia, what have been the highlights for you?

Mutton: There have definitely been a lot of discharges. One of them was competing in the Manjimup 15000 event which I have been trying to compete in since 2017, cool event. Unfortunately the last race of the weekend my bike had an electrical issue while I was running third so I had to drop out and messed up my overall but it was an amazing experience. Another highlight would be the Canberra Australian Pro Nationals where I finished 9th overall in MX1 and battled up front with some big names and guys I’ve looked up to since I was little. Also, I got to do some of the east coast series races and managed to get first overall in the open class at one of the rounds, so that was great.

GateDrop: How would you describe the level of the Aussie Nationals?

Mutton: I would describe it as world class, the competition is very high, you have guys like Dean Ferris, Todd Waters, Matt Moss, Brett Metcalfe and Luke Clout. These guys have been very successful in America and Europe, then you have other world-class drivers who are about to take the next step in the World Series and it’s a great race. Everything is fully televised here and streamed live on the website. That’s great so you can watch all the races when you get home.

GateDrop: Looking ahead, I think you are considering going back to Scotland.

Mutton: Yes, that is correct. Me and my girlfriend loved it here and really thought about staying but we haven’t seen our family in over 3 years so we decided to come back. It’s been a tough decision, but home will always be home and we can’t wait to see our family and friends again.

GateDrop: I assume you are looking at a British Championship trip for the future – would this be for the 2022 season or do you plan to stay in Australia for another year?

Mutton: Yes of course. I’m on the hunt for a British championship but unfortunately it won’t be for the 2022 season, I’m looking at a ride for 2023 in MX1 or MX2. I raced MX1 here but I’d be happy with anyone, I’m just looking for that opportunity to show what I can do with a team behind me. I hope to get in touch with some teams before then and continue training and riding in Australia and hopefully if all goes well and I get a deal I can race at Hawkstone International again.

GateDrop: Australia seems like a great place to live, what’s the point of going back to Scotland? I guess it’s still my home at the end of the day?

Mutton: Yeah honestly it’s amazing here and we really love this place but at the end of the day there’s no place like home. Especially when your home is on the other side of the world, it makes it a little more difficult.

GateDrop: Do you think racing in Australia has helped you become a better driver and how do you think you would perform in the British Championship?

Mutton: Yes, I think it has helped me a lot and I have been able to discover many little things that I was missing and with a little more age I feel that my riding has matured a lot and I can ride and train with something superior. guys it has really helped improve my driving.

GateDrop: At the moment, what are your plans for the 2022 season?

Mutton: So our plan for 2022 is to get home by the middle of the year and have everything ready for 2023. I will continue to ride, train and do some racing.

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