Tom Neave was born in Lincoln on the 28th of May 1995.
His first experience of bikes came from his grandfather who bought the twins a quad bike when they were 9 years old, after they had been pestering him for years! After thrashing the quad to death, Tom and twin brother Tim moved their interest onto bikes after their grandfather built a small motocross track for local riders. Aged 11, they would spend every Sunday throughout the summer holidays riding Chinese pit bikes out on the track. Unfortunately the track got shut down, but fortunately being farmers, they had a field that they could ride around.
Living in the small farming village, it’s not often much changes, but on the off-chance of a motorcycle racer moving in, it happened. It all altered when Pete Boast, ex roadracer, speedway racer and founder of the UK flattrack series moved into the village and spotted the boys tearing about on their bike. He approached Tim at first with the offer to have ago at some flat track racing. Tim got the opportunity to race in 2010, of course Tom was naturally jealous! After constant pestering, Mum and Dad finally gave in, and Tom got his first bike at the end of 2010. In Tom’s eyes, he had wasted a year’s worth of racing experience, and Tim had won the junior championship in his first year of racing so he had a lot to live up to the following season.
In 2011 Tom won the UK Junior Flat Track championship on board his Honda CRF250, only dropping 1 race win all season.
He graduated into the 450cc Pro class the following year aged 16. Tom prepared himself for the season by doing as much beach racing as possible at Mablethorpe. Having never raced a 450 bike before, he didn’t know what to expect on the sand. He pitched up and won 5 from 5 races comfortably. This form continued for the remainder of beach championship during the winter of 2011/12.
The 2012 season was a tester for Tom, as he suffered from mechanical and electrical trouble at almost every meeting, and on top of that, broke his scaphoid following a crash in the middle of the season. However the winter of 2012 took a turn for the better, winning both the British and International cup Indoor Flat Track race. Tom continued with the beach racing over the following winter period, taking many more wins.
2013 was set to be a very busy season for him. His dream of eventually going road racing had come true just 2 years into his riding career. He was very fortunate to be offered a ride on the all new WK 650i twin cylinder machine. He built the bike into ‘minitwin’ spec and raced in the highly competitive and well respected Thundersport GB series. Tom’s first year was a massive learning curve, and though his results were inconsistent, he managed to finish up in 4th place in the championship after winning 3 races at the final round of the year at Donington Park.
2014 saw Tom progress onto Supertwin machinery. He took 6 consecutive Supertwin pole positions at 8 of the tracks he raced, and went on to set 4 new official Supertwin lap records; he finished the championship in 6th place after many mechanical failures and a handful of crashes. Moving onto the 2014 flat track championship, it came down the final race of the year; there were 3 riders with a shot of the title. Tom won all his opening heat races and was quickest on track securing pole position.
The final race was highly competitive and ended with 2 riders going down infront of Tom, allowing the leader to get away. A 3rd place championship position was awarded. Tom had the pace to win both the flat track and supertwin championships in 2014, and simply puts it down to inexperience.
What a year 2015 has been. Tom has competed with a number of clubs this year, mainly Thundersport GB where he has took numerous wins and podiums, but most notably, both Tom and Tim entered 3 wildcard National Superstock 600 events at Cadwell Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP which were amazing experiences. “My highlight of the year has to be racing at our local track, Cadwell Park in September after 3 weeks off the bikes working through harvest. Over the course of the weekend my times dropped, getting down to lap time of 1:32.4 on worn scrubs, an achievement in itself, but then using new tyres for the final race, i recorded a time of 1:31.8 on the last lap of the 10 lap race, which would be very competitive in the National Superstock 600 class, an awesome weekend!”[/one_half] [one_half_last]
- • 2011 – British Grand National Junior Flattrack champion and Club Champion (first year of competition)
- • 2011/2012 – First time sand racing at Mablethorpe and first time riding a CRF 450. Won 5 from 5 races.
- • 2012 – British Indoor Flattrack Cup winner (January)
- • 2012 – International Indoor Flattrack Cup winner (February)
- • 2012 – FIM World Flattrack Cup race at Leicester Speedway, finished 2nd
- • 2012 – Mini Bike Flattrack champion
- • 2012 – Completed ACU road race licence test in August.
- • 2012/2013 – Several race wins sand racing.
- • 2012/2013 – CF Moto 650i ride offered through WK Bikes to race in the Thundersport GB Minitwin series.
- • 2013 – Achieved first race victory at the final round of the year at Donington Park. Won all his races that weekend.
- • 2013 – Kenny Noyes Dirttrack Festival Superprestigo qualifier race. Finished 3nd. Secured Place for 2014 Superprestigo race (January)
- • 2014 – Superprestigo race in the Barcelona Stadium. Qualified 4th from 56 riders (0.1 seconds behind Marc Marquez and 0.2 of pole position GNC AMA Flattrack champ Brad Baker. 15+ GP racers, the rest, specially selected racers from all disciplines)
- • 2014 – Graduated from Minitwin to Kawasaki ER-6 Supertwin
- • 2014 – 6 consecutive pole positions at 6 of the 8 tracks he raced at this year.
- • 2014 – 4 new official Supertwin lap records. 1 unofficial Supertwin lap record (set in qualifying at Oulton Park before engine blew up – all smashed by over 1 second)
- • 2014 – Count of Cadwell race winner at Cadwell Park 80th Anniversary.
- • 2014 Kenny Noyes Dirttrack Festival Superprestigo qualifier race. Finished 2nd. Secured place in 2014 Superprestigo on 13th of December in the Barcelona Olympic Stadium.
• 2014 – Superprestigio, qualified 5th from 48 right behind current AMA number 1 Jared Mees.