Keep an eye this coming week on eight-year-old Ben Watson – the British 50cc MX champ and son of off-road great Rob Meek will contest Vegas Minis on a Cobra
NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (April 6, 2006) ¿ Unbeaten in Europe last year until Cobra’s Zac Commans and Adam Cianciarulo showed up and went 1-2 in the World Mini Trophy Championships in Belgium, England’s Ben Watson, eight, is a year older and according to those a Cobra ¿ “A whole lot faster.¿
Watson, who’s here in the States with his father, Rob Meek, and staying with Cobra National Team racer Zac Commans’ family in southern California, will chase his new buddy Zac at the Vegas World Minis this upcoming weekend/next week. And, since both boys raced well this past weekend at Hesperia’s Competition Park, Ben and his father, Rob Meek, plan on returning in June to Glen Helen in order to qualify for the granddaddy of all amateur MX races ¿ the 2006 AMA Amateur National Championships, aka “Loretta Lynn’s¿ in August.
“Ben’s a year older and a year wiser and is really peaking on the 50cc bikes,¿ said Meek, a longtime pro motocross racer and five-time pro class winner of England’s massive Western Supermare Beach Race. “It’s a tall order to come over here to America and race the Yanks in their own backyard. But Ben’s been doing well and having a lot of fun.¿
Undefeated in 50cc class European competition in 2004, Ben actually clocked the fastest time in qualifying for the World Mini Trophy finals. Topped only by Cobra’s Cianciarulo (who’s sinced moved on to Kawasaki) and Commans, Ben was only seven-years-old at the time and is excited about bringing his experience and what he’s learned riding with Zac Commans over here to the States to race the Vegas Mini GP and the opportunity in June to qualify for Loretta’s at Glen Helen.
“Since I did good last weekend my dad said we’ll be able to come back over in June to Glen Helen and try to qualify for Loretta’s,¿ said Ben Watson. “That’d be so cool to qualify for Loretta’s.¿ Noteworthy: Ben would be the very first Brit to qualify for the 50cc class at Loretta’s.
Young Ben continued: “I had one more year in the auto class (UK’s 50cc class), but my dad said we should move up to the 65s. I got third this year in the first British Championship round against kids that were 12. And after four races we’re in fourth overall. We’re missing one of the series races this weekend, but I’m not too worried about it.¿
In fact, about the only thing that worried Ben was that when they got to California it looked as if the plane had turned around and landed back in the UK. Sunny southern California was in the midst of a rain spell that had both Ben and his dad hitting up the local mall for some warmer clothes. “The wife had packed us with shorts and T-shirts, so we had go to the mall and pick up the appropriate clothing that we’d left behind,¿ joked Meek.
Asked if he was excited for the World Minis in Vegas, Ben said “Yeah, for sure!¿ Added Ben’s father: “Ben’s been counting down the days for this trip. It’s been an amazing experience so far and we’d really like to thank Cobra and Glen Commans for having us over here.¿
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