17 July 2023  |  Sven Wardle  |  Posted in: ,

Luke Hutchison, a year 10 student at Richmond School, is carrying on a family tradition of motorcycle racing by competing in the NORA Motorsport national supermoto series. He races his 350cc KTM supermoto bike at circuits around the country, travelling as far as Crail in Scotland, and visiting iconic road racing circuits like Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

Luke races on circuits that are usually 75% tarmac and 25% dirt track. As you can imagine, this is challenging and requires very different skills to ride on the varying surfaces.

Two of Luke’s uncles and his dad have a history of motorcycle road racing, with a third uncle being mechanic for all 3. Luke’s dad is now mechanic for Luke, preparing his bike before races, and repairing it if things go wrong – see later!

A standout moment in the Hutchison road racing legacy was Luke’s uncle Tony finishing 4th in the legendary Isle of Man TT races on a 250cc Yamaha, back in 1986. Luke certainly has some big shoes to fill!

Luke and his family support team travel to races in a campervan, usually arriving on the Friday night for a race meet consisting of 6 races. Luke now races on his ‘big bike’, a 350cc KTM. This is an adapted motocross bike with different suspension, wheels and tyres. He is supported, not just by his family, but by his team – RWJ Racing who supply Luke with components like tyres, along with knowledge and race craft from more experienced riders.

Luke’s main sponsor is Moto-Connection in Catterick Village, and he also rides in race leathers provided by ARN Race Leathers.

There are 3 classes of supermoto racing: C – Novice, B – Clubman and A – Elite. Luke has recently qualified for the B group as he has achieved a top 2 placing in the C group. His best result in the B group so far is a 7th – onwards to the A group, and maybe even to the ‘Supermoto of Nations’ in Belgium in the future!

One of the consequences of racing motorbikes at the limit is coming off – this is how riders learn where their limits are and develop the skills they need to go even faster. Luke has had plenty of experience doing this – mostly on his smaller 140cc ‘pit bike’, and mostly in incidents called ‘low-sides’. 2 years ago in Crail, however, an error of judgement with his gear selection resulted in a much more serious ‘high-side’. This resulted in a broken leg, and some time off the bike. Luke recovered fully, and is definitely back!

We wish Luke all the best with his racing in the future. He shows real commitment, determination and resilience to succeed in what is a tough sport. We’re sure that as he progresses he will have to start to come to terms with being a role model for others, both with his supermoto racing, and beyond!

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