Name: Daley Mathison

Date of Birth: July 20th 1991

Place of Birth: Doncaster

Nationality: British

Races competed: Isle of Man TT, Ulster GP, North West 200, Southern 100 & British Superstock 1000

Twitter: @DaleyMathison

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Website: www.daleymathisonracing.co.uk

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Getting into biking:

Daley was brought up around airplanes and parachutes, however, when his father moved on to club racing he was at an influential age. Watching young kids racing, Daley naturally wanted to get involved; it wasn’t until later that he developed an obsession with road racing.

At the age of 12 Daley got into motorcycle racing, immediately turning heads and gaining a reputation as a future star. Starting in the Junior Championships Daley has gone from strength to strength and is certainly one to watch!

Racing Icon:

Carl Fogarty

First bike:

Daley’s first bike was an Aprilia RS125.

Favourite course/track:

Isle of Man TT

Career Highlights:

After so much success at such a young age, Daley said it’s “hard to single one out, my podiums at the TT would be well up there.”

2010 was the year Daley really started to make a name for himself both at his local event, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and further afield with an excellent fourth place coming in the 250cc Ulster Grand Prix. 2013 saw him make a successful debut on the Isle of Man Mountain Course with a top six finish taken in the Senior Newcomers Manx Grand Prix race and a year later he made his TT debut winning two bronze replicas.

That year also saw him win the 125cc Ultra-Lightweight race at the Ulster Grand Prix as well as becoming Welsh Champion at Aberdare Park. From there it was back-to-back European MotoE Championships in 2015 and 2016 that really got heads turning.

His first podium finish at the TT came in 2016 in the SES TT Zero race in which he finished third. It could be argued that this is Daley’s biggest achievement to date; given it was only his third TT meeting of his career. At 37.73 miles long, the Mountain Course is extremely challenging and difficult to learn and also extremely competitive, therefore it has been known that for the first few years no podiums are expected, racers are just getting to know the course. The third place finish was unexpected given some of the vastly larger budgets other teams had but proving this was not a one off, Daley finished third for his second podium finish again the following year.

Improvements can constantly be seen in Daley’s Oliver’s Mount results, each year improving both his results and lap times and closing in on Dean Harrison a little more. In 2016, Daley took his first podium in the Cock o’ the North race finishing third and he went one better in 2017 with second also becoming the second quickest rider ever to have lapped the 2.43-mile circuit.

Aspirations:

We asked Daley what his aspirations are for the future, to which he responded, “To stand on the top step of the podium in a Senior TT”. With three TT podium finishes at the age of 26, it’s inevitable we will see Daley make further improvements around the Mountain Course in the forthcoming years as he looks to challenge the factory-backed riders in the feature races. As well as this, with race positions and times improving at Oliver’s Mount each year, Daley is one of the favourites to knock Dean Harrison off the top spot.

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Third in both the 2016 and 2017 TT Zero races
  • 13th 2017 Senior TT with a new personal best lap of 127.228mph
  • In three years of competing at the TT, four silver and six bronze replicas have been won
  • 2014 winner of the Ultra-Lightweight 125cc Ulster Grand Prix
  • Sixth, 2014 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race
  • Tenth, 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike and Superstock races
  • 11th, North West 200 Superbike race
  • Regular podium finisher at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough – second fastest rider ever to have lapped the 2.43-mile circuit

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