Australian Motocycle racer Jacob Roulstone, 18, is climbing the ranks in Spain, where he now lives full time to achieve his goal of becoming a MotoGP rider.
" I was given the opportunity to race in the 2020 Hawkers European Talent Cup as part of the FIMCEV Junior World Championship with the Leopard Impala Junior team. It has been an incredible experience to see how it’s done in Spain, the competition is immense and the talent is incredible."
Jacob is in the right place to make his career dream of racing MotoGP come true having been selected to continue to race in the 2023 Red Bull Rookies Cup championship.
"I started road racing in 2017 and just loved it, that’s when I set my sights on making MotoGP my life long career."
In 2019, Jacob competed in the Dorna Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup where he had five top 10 finishes. Jacob also competed in the Motorcycling Australia Oceania Junior Cup winning two races and finishing 2nd in another.
Since moving to Spain in early 2020, Jacob competed in the 2020 and 2021 seasons of the Hawkers European Talent Cup as part of the FIM Junior GP Championship.
" Definitely the highlight so far has been winning Estoril Round 1 Race 1 in 2021. It was a great feeling standing on the podium in Portugal hearing the Australian anthem and it was also on Anzac Day which was pretty good. I had a lot of friends in Australia watching live and I was glad I could celebrate Anzac Day like that."
2022 saw Jacob compete in the Red Bull Rookies Cup and at the same time, stepped up to a new class in the FIM Junior GP World Championship.
In 2023 Jacob will continue to compete in both the Junior GP world championship and Red Bull Rookies Cup. He showed improvement towards the end of 2022 which secured his seat in both championship for another year and he is keen to make an impression throughout the year.
“2023 is a big year. I want to win both these championships and I’m working very hard to make this happen with my pre season preparation. My sights are set on making it into the world championship next year. I feel I am ready to show everyone what I can do”
"These really are amazing opportunities, I hope to improve in every race and continually move to towards the end goal of racing Moto GP for Australia."
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Where did you start out?
When did you first ride on a road bike?
What CC is the bike you are racing?
Do you ride every day on your motorbike?
What's happening in 2022?
I grew up in Jamberoo NSW, Australia and started riding bikes at aged 4, competing in my first motocross race aged 6. I then switched to dirt/flat track in 2015 at age 10 and won a number of Australian titles in this discipline. I also podiumed at many other Australian and State title events.
In late 2017, I rode my first road bike and within 12 months of road racing, won the 2018 NSW Junior 85cc Road Racing state championship. That same year, I broke three lap records at Sydney Motorsport Park, Wakefield Park and Phillip Island for the junior 85cc 2 stroke 12 to 16 year olds – lap times which are yet to be beaten.
This year (2023) I will be racing two different bikes. In Red Bull Moto GP Rookies Cup I will be racing a KTM RC 250 R 4 stroke motorcycle. And in the FIM Junior GP with Team Aspar I will be racing a GasGas 250cc moto 3 spec, same as what are ridden in the World Championship.
In the European Talent Cup (2020/2021) I raced a Honda NSF 250R.
No I don’t. But I do other things. Like the gym for strength and conditioning and cycling or running for cardio fitness. I also like riding motocross for fitness in the off season.
This year I will be continuing to race two championships like I did in 2022, which makes it a very busy year again. Starting in March in Portimao, Portugal will be round 1 of Red Bull Rookies Cup and ending in September in Italy. The FIM Junior GP will commence in Estoril, Portugal at the end of May, and the final round will be in Valencia in November.