JESSICA Mason is gearing up to shed her orange bib and take on the best 50cc racers in the country next season, with a special set of wheels in her arsenal.
And after edging out James Leatham to the PDMCC Streetstock 125 title, the lady racer now has her sights set on the ACU 50cc Championship, which she plans to contest on former champion Daz Eaton’s Derbi-engined rocket.
Eaton, who looks to be out of the 2018 season after a nasty crash at Three Sisters Circuit late this season, will be lending Mason both his machine and knowledge as she looks to tackle a number of series.
“Anyone who knows Daz knows his bike is his baby, so I feel overwhelmed to get this opportunity to ride it in the ACU championship while he mentors me,” she revealed to UK Clubsport. “It’s a great opportunity and I just want to make the most of it.
“We’ll still do the PDMCC Freetech 50 championship, but I’m also going to do the rounds at Tonfanau as well within their 50cc championship as long as they don’t clash.
“They don’t look all that fast going down the straights, but this bike is going to be a hell of a lot faster than a Streetstock. It’s a 125GP chassis with a Derbi 50 engine, it’s an absolutely mega piece of kit.”
Mason will once again team up with former Isle of Man TT regular, TTXGP and Pikes Peak winner Rob Barber’s PRB squad for the full season.
“I never thought it would turn out like this, I thought I’d just be going racing with my dad. But the opportunities I’ve been given by everyone at PRB Racing have been mega – they’re like family now.
“Rob has a lot of knowledge – he’s done so much in bikes so to have both his experience and Daz’s experience behind me in the team should make for a great season.”
And despite only beginning road racing within the past two seasons after years of motocross riding, Mason isn’t rushed to make big things happen – she’s just enjoying the journey.
“I’m just going with it right now, seeing how I get on with the bikes this year and how I gel with everything this year, and whatever happens happens going forward.
“I haven’t really got a goal. I’d love to go and do the Ulster Grand Prix eventually and would love to do other road racing in the future but I know I’m a million miles off that right now.”
*Main image: Steve Snelling
*Side image supplied by Jessica Mason