The Story so far...
My career started in 1990.
On Pancake Day that year,my Dad bought me an old Puch Magnum`X`50cc Automatic Dirtbike from a guy named Roy Pugh,the owner of a shop called `Road And Dirt`,in Newport,Shropshire.
My first race was in April 1990,at Buildwas,which is also in Shropshire,with a club called Warley Wasps.
We raced with Warley Wasps 3 times a year in a Championship called the Ironbridge Gorge Championship.Things were hard back then and the cost of racing became too much.
For the next few years I had bikes but never raced,we moved to Mid-Wales,and my Dad and I used to go riding in the forest by my house (the Dyfi forest).
I wanted to ride all the time and any chance I got, I did.Because we weren`t able to afford to go racing and my Dad was busy building a furniture manufacturing business up,I started playing Football, Rugby and also did a bit of Cross-Country running.
I was good at all of these sports especially Football.
I was picked to play for Wales,under thirteen`s in an International Tournament held in Holland.
I also won the County Cross-Country Championships, three years in a row.
In 1998,my Dad bought me a Suzuki RM 125,a 1996 model,and we finally had enough money to go racing again.
We joined a club called Dredgers, which at the time was one of the biggest Motocross clubs in Wales,and was run by a guy called Sean Smith.By this stage I was riding an RM125 which we had bought from Alan Bates at E.T.James in Rhyader,Powys.Alan was a former British Enduro Champion,and knew everybody in the sport.He organised some support for me through E.T.James,and,after my Dad,they became my 1st proper Sponsor.
In 1999,I was selected for the Rider Development Programme by Suzuki Great Britain,where I was trained by former British Motocross Champion,Jeremy Whatley.
For several season`s,my Dad,my Sister,& myself travelled throughout the United Kingdom taking part in British Schoolboy Motocross competitions at local and National level,achieving many distinctions including third place in the British Schoolboy Motorcycle Association Championship in 2002,& also third place in the British Schoolboy Motorcycle Association Finals in the same year.
During the 2002 season,I joined the Eurolift Suzuki Team,and gained my Auto Cycle Union Expert Licence Status,which enabled me to begin competing in British Championship under Twenty-one Motocross competitions,where i achieved an 8th place overall.
In 2003,I moved up to compete in Adult British Championship Motocross,and joined T.M. United Kingdom.
On T.M.machines,I Competed in both the MX1 and MX2 British Championship Motocross Classes,and achieved a 12th place overall in 2004.
I began competing in British Championship Cross-Country race events on a T.M.in 2005.
Following early successes,I was approached by P.A.R. Honda and joined the team in June 2005.
With P.A.R.Honda,I achieved many successes,including third place overall in the British Cross-Country Championships,and third place overall in the British Championship Beach Race held at Weston-Super-Mare.
I became friends and Trained with former British Enduro Champion Ady Smith through 2005,and later in the year I was selected by P.A.R. Honda to accompany former World Enduro Champion,Paul Edmondson,to The United States to compete in the final round of the G.N.C.C.Cross-Country Championships.
I was so impressed with the Cross-Country racing scene in America that i decided to return to The United States with Paul Edmondson in March of 2006,and,once there,i was fortunate enough to be invited by Tim Taber to join the Fun Mart Cycle Racing Team,based in Moline,Illinois.With Team Fun Mart i competed in the O.M.A.Cross-Country race series,achieving 3rd place overall in the 2006 Championship.I also raced at selected Enduro events,finishing as runner-up in the United States I.S.D.E.Team selection event held at Cooperland,Oklahoma.
I also continued to compete in as many events as i could in the United Kingdom,achieving first place in the Welsh Enduro Championship,and selection for the United Kingdom Junior Trophy Team for the International Six Days Enduro,which was held that year at Lake Taupo,New Zealand.
From 2006 onwards,I have divided my racing career between The United States,Canada,and Great Britain.
In 2008,I won the Canadian Cross-Country Championships,Canadian Enduro Championship,Canadian Enduro-Cross Championship,& the XC2 Pro-Lites Class at the Yadkinville GNCC.Following my GNCC victory,i was offered a ride by former GNCC Champion Fred Andrews,on one of his Joey Maurer prepared YZ250F`s.I scored 3 more podiums for Fred that year,& was to remain with him & his team in Salem,Ohio,until April of 2012.In 2008,i also won a Gold Medal,& the Arthur Prince award,for being the highest placed British rider at the ISDE held in Serres,Greece,finishing 11th in E1.At the end of the 2008 season,i also succeeded in earning the A.M.A. National Number 17 GNCC plate.
In 2009,I signed to ride a WR250F with Fred`s factory-supported Monster Energy Andrews Yamaha Team,and took part in the full GNCC Series.I ended the 2009 season as 3rd placed XC2 Pro-Lites rider,and I also took 7th place overall in the GNCC Championship.
In 2010,I once again competed in the GNCC XC2 Pro-Lites Class in America as a member of the Monster Energy F.A.R.Team,riding a Yamaha YZ250 Two-Stroke machine.I also represented KTM North America,Duroy Racing & LRP Racing Products in the Canadian FMSQ Series,winning their Cross-Country,Enduro,& Enduro-Cross events.During the GNCC Summer Break,i returned to the United Kingdom,&,as a guest rider for the V Customs Team,won both a Fast Eddy Cross-Country race held in Mid-Wales,& the final round of the A.C.U.British Cross-Country Championship,held at Canada Heights in Kent.During the Summer Break,my F.A.R. Team were approached by Husqvarna,& i was offered the opportunity to compete in the final rounds of the GNCC Season on a factory-supported Husqvarna TXC250F.I scored 4 podiums on the machine,which included gaining Husqvarna a 1st place in the XC2 Pro-Lites Class.This was their first major victory in American Cross-Country racing for many years.I ended the 2010 GNCC Season as runner-up in the XC2 Pro-Lites Class,& 8th Overall in the GNCC Championship.
In January of 2011,I signed a two-year deal with F.A.R. Husqvarna to compete on the Fuel-Injected TXC250F in the GNCC XC2 Pro-Lites Class,as well as other selected East-Coast Cross-Country & Enduro events.Despite sustaining several injuries through the 2011 Season,I managed to finish 4th overall in the XC2 PRO-LITES Class,& also re-gain my GNCC Number 7 plate.In November 2011,I was honoured to represent GNCC Racing at the final round of the JNCC in Aso,Japan,where I finished in 3rd place.When I returned to the United States from racing in Japan,my Girlfriend Laci & I got Married in Salem,Ohio.
In April of 2012,after four successful year's together,I decided the time had come to part company with F.A.R. Husqvarna.Following this decision,I was approached by long-time GNCC Racer Frank Keegan,& was delighted to become a member of his all-new KR4 Performance Racing Team.With KR4,I changed machinery,& began competing on a KTM 250XC in the GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES Class,& other selected East-Coast Cross-Country events.In addition to furthering my actual racing ambition's,joining the KR4 Performance Team enabled me to expand my overall career within the Sport,as my role there involved Mentoring up-coming new talent,& developing the Team as a whole.Following my Team & Machine changes,my 2012 Season went extremely well. Firstly,I was selected to be a member of the British Trophy Team at the International Six Days Enduro event held in Chemnitz,Germany,where I won my second ISDE Gold Medal.Then,when I returned to the United States,I won my first Overall U.S.Off-Road title at the final round of the American Woods Racing Championship Series,& followed this up less than a week later by winning the Grand National Cross-Country Championship XC2 Pro-Lites title as well,becoming the first Non-American Racer to win this Class.
In January of 2013,in preparation for my 2013 G.N.C.C. XC2 Pro-Lites Championship title defence,I joined the DirtWise Schools/KTM-Parts.com/Maxxis Race team,run by former World Enduro Champion,I.S.D.E. Overall Champion,G.N.C.C. Overall Champion & Australian Off-Road Legend,Shane Watts.
In September/October of 2013, i was again selected to be a member of the British Trophy Team at the International Six Days Enduro event held in Olbia, Sardinia, where i secured my third ISDE Gold Medal.
Upon my return to the United States following my International Six Days Enduro appearance, i concluded my Grand National Cross-Country Championship season, finishing as Runner-up in the XC2 Pro-Lites Class, & securing 9th place overall in the Championship, & making this my 5th consecutive season as a top-ten Grand National Cross-Country Championship competitor.
In 2014, i continued to race & Coach as a member of the Dirtwise Schools/ KTM-Parts.com/ Maxxis Tires Team, moving up to the GNCC XC1 PRO Class, & also competing in the O.M.A. National Cross-Country Series, where i ended the season as runner-up.
For 2015, Shane Watts & i decided to put all our efforts into winning another GNCC XC2 PRO LITES Championship Title, & this we were able to do, winning seven rounds of the thirteen round series along the way, & ending the season with an A.M.A. Number 1 plate & the GNCC National Number 8 plate for 2016.
2015 had been a massive year for me. My marriage to Laci had sadly come to an end, & i moved from Ohio to North Carolina to be closer to Shane & his family, who really helped me through a very difficult & painful time. I had been badly injured in a high speed crash at the O.M.A. National round at Sturgis in 2014, which had impacted on the remainder of that season for me, so really i needed the GNCC XC2 PRO LITES Championship focus to get myself back on track. I was very fortunate to have the support of some great friends in 2015, & it was really down to them that i was able to pull through. Come the end of that year, i felt i had pretty much done most of the things in racing i'd always wanted to do, & i was maybe ready to look for a different & new challenge in my life. Thing is though, racing & dirtbikes just gets into your blood, so when Eddie Lojak offered me the chance to compete in 2016 on one of his Lojak's Cycle Sales Team Yamaha's, & some long-term Sponsors such as Maxxis Tires, Moose Racing, Stillwell Performance, Mikametals, StukMX, Wiseco Pistons, Motoseat, Bell Powersports, Liveitxtreme, Ride100percent, Ogio Powersports, TM Designworks, TCX Boots U.S.A., Spectro Oils, IMS Products, Dubach Racing, & DT1 Filters U.S.A. also came on board, i decided to continue racing professionally for a while longer & give the GNCC XC1 PRO Class another go!
2016 was never going to be an easy year for me. Balancing running my new gardencare business & still competing at a top level really stretched me to the limit, mentally, physically & financially. Despite a run of mechanical issues & further injuries including another broken finger, i was delighted to win the North Carolina Hare Scrambles Association 2016 Pro Chmpionship, & also earn a finishers medal at one of the most famous & gruelllng events in the World, the Baja 1000.
|NAME||Jason Francis Thomas|
|DATE OF BIRTH||07/11/83|
|FAVOURITE FOOD||Pasta, Mars Bars, Chicken Korma!|
|FAVOURITE DRINK||Monster Energy|
|FAVOURITE MUSIC||Bon Jovi, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams|
|HOBBIES||Mini Bikes, Girls, Ice Skating, Girls, Cycling!|
|MOST VALUED POSSESSIONS||My Dad,Jezza,my Mum,Michelle,my Wife,Laci,my Neice,Carley,my Sister,Louise,& my Dog,Kip.|
|MOST RESPECTED RIVALS||Ricky Mair, Paul Edmondson|
|AGE STARTED RIDING||6 Years Old|
|FIRST RACE||Buildwas,Shropshire,April 1990|
3rd BSMA Motocross Nationals 2002
3rd position overall at Snowshoe GNCC-24th June 2012
4th position overall in six GNCC`s
65 Top Ten & 85 Top Twenty Finishes from 100 GNCC Starts since June 2008
Seventeen 1st place finishes in GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES Class.(first win was at Yadkinville-22nd June 2008)
Twenty-Six 2nd place finishes in GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES Class
Eighteen 3rd place finishes in GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES Class
3rd position overall-OMA National Cross-Country Championships 2006
2011 GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES Championship 4th
2011 GNCC OVERALL PRO Championship 7th
2012 GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER
2012 GNCC OVERALL PRO Championship 8th
2011 JNCC-AAGP (ASO) 3rd Place Overall.
2012 American Woods Racing Championship Series - (AWRCS) - OVERALL CHAMPION.
2013 GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP.
2013 GNCC OVERALL PRO Championship 9th.
2014 OMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS PRO 1 CLASS RUNNER-UP.
2015 GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER.
2015 GNCC OVERALL PRO Championship 8th.
2016 NORTH CAROLINA HARE SCRAMBLES ASSOCIATION PRO CHAMPION.
|AMBITIONS|| To be World Champion E1.
To win as many British titles as I can.
To win a GNCC Championship Overall. (Jason became GNCC XC2 PRO-LITES CHAMPION In 2012,making him the first Non-American Competitor to win this title. He also won this Championship again in 2015, when it was sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association, making him one of only two British Pro-Class Riders so far to earn an A.M.A. Number 1 plate in the Grand National Cross-Country Championship series.)
The Rat Pack
|BIKE||KTM SXF 250.|
|SPONSORS||Safeaccess Moto-One KTM.|
|ACHIEVEMENTS||British Enduro Champion, Scottish MX Champion, 5th European Enduro Champs, Winner Dawn to Dusk 12hr, British Championship MX points scorer.|
|AMBITIONS||to finish in the top 15 overall in the British Motocross Championships.|
Jeremy (Jezza) Thomas
|JOB TITLE||Director Of Rat Adventures.|
|PRINCIPLE FUNCTION||to enhance Ratboy`s phenomenal capabilities.|
|RELATIONSHIP TO RATBOY||I`m his old man.|
|STATUS||single, poor, happy.|
|LIKES||Pike fishing, weekends in Prague, driving accross America, eating curry.|
|DISLIKES||work, Ratboy`s socks, changing tyres, women who think racing is a hobby.|
|FAVOURITE COLOUR||red, white and blue.also check, like the flag.|
|FAVOURITE PEOPLE||Ratboy, his sister Louise and my grandaughter Carley.|
|FAVOURITE RIDERS||Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Ron Haslem, Jeremy Whatley, Paul Edmondson, Tim Taber, Ady Smith, Geraint Jones, Alan Bates, Kip Herring, Jimmy Jarrett, Fred Andrews, Shane Watts, Daryl Bolter, Ricky Mair, Rudy Austin.|
|FAVOURITE TRACKS||Matchams Park, Blaxhall Pits, Morrison, Illinois, Namur, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Wakes Colne, Gore Basin, Hawkstone Park.|
|BEST EXPERIENCE ON A BIKE||passing Ratboy in the Dyfi Forest on an RM125 when he was 15.|
|WORST EXPERIENCE ON A BIKE||breaking my leg at Winterbourne Gunner in a Dad`s race at the B.S.M.A. nationals in 2002.|