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Tom Ward

About Me

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British Superbike Racer

Tom Ward

My name is Tom Ward. I am 27 years old and I race in the Pirelli National Superstock championship which is a class within the British Superbike series. I have been racing since the age of 7, starting on minimotos, working my way up to the most competitive domestic series in the world, BSB.

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Achievements

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Achievements

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2010

EDI Asia formula 400 series where I learnt race craft with older and more experienced riders. That year I received the “Young Rider of the Year” - a prestigious trophy with names such as Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood and Cal Crutchlow on it. 4th Overall Championship position.

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2011-2013

I moved into the British Superbike paddock support series - Triumph Triple challenge (a one make series on a Triumph 675cc) - with race wins and podiums I proved that I was capable of running well even though I didn’t have the financial backing many other riders had.

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2014

I moved into the most competitive class for up and coming riders, National Superstock 600 - this is the class that all successful riders cut their teeth in and is the platform for moving into professional careers. I learnt the tracks and gained knowledge in readiness for the 2015 season, consistently finishing in the top 20 with a season best of 6th place.

2010

EDI Asia formula 400 series where I learnt race craft with older and more experienced riders. That year I received the “Young Rider of the Year” - a prestigious trophy with names such as Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood and Cal Crutchlow on it. 4th Overall Championship position.

2011-2013

I moved into the British Superbike paddock support series - Triumph Triple challenge (a one make series on a Triumph 675cc) - with race wins and podiums I proved that I was capable of running well even though I didn’t have the financial backing many other riders had.

2014

I moved into the most competitive class for up and coming riders, National Superstock 600 - this is the class that all successful riders cut their teeth in and is the platform for moving into professional careers. I learnt the tracks and gained knowledge in readiness for the 2015 season, consistently finishing in the top 20 with a season best of 6th place.

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2015

We started the season with very little money and an uncompetitive bike. However despite this I had top five qualifying and top ten finishes which got me a lot of attention. With four rounds left, we managed to buy a new bike which was not only competitive but also gave me an insight into what was possible. Cadwell Park 10th, Oulton Park 8th, Silverstone 3rd, Brands Hatch 6th.

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2016

I had a slow start due to some unfortunate crashes but was running at the front consistently. Donington Park saw my first victory, then winning at Snetterton followed by podium finishes throughout the year. I also achieved “fastest laps” overall. 2016 proved to show that I could run at the front and be a championship contender.

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2017

I moved up to the British Supersport class continuing as a privateer rider (racing against factory teams with £100k+ budgets) Cadwell Park, qualifying 4th and Assen saw my first podium with a 3rd place. Overall. I finished 11th in this season, placing as the highest rookie.

2015

We started the season with very little money and an uncompetitive bike. However despite this I had top five qualifying and top ten finishes which got me a lot of attention. With four rounds left, we managed to buy a new bike which was not only competitive but also gave me an insight into what was possible. Cadwell Park 10th, Oulton Park 8th, Silverstone 3rd, Brands Hatch 6th.

2016

I had a slow start due to some unfortunate crashes but was running at the front consistently. Donington Park saw my first victory, then winning at Snetterton followed by podium finishes throughout the year. I also achieved “fastest laps” overall. 2016 proved to show that I could run at the front and be a championship contender.

2017

I moved up to the British Supersport class continuing as a privateer rider (racing against factory teams with £100k+ budgets) Cadwell Park, qualifying 4th and Assen saw my first podium with a 3rd place. Overall. I finished 11th in this season, placing as the highest rookie.

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2018

I joined a Superbike team and moved up to the National superstock 1000 class. I made the transition naturally and it suited my size and riding style. Unfortunately the team did not quite have the wealth of experience and data with the new Suzuki I was riding and this became apparent in the early part of the season. I had top 10’s and a best result of 6th in my first season in the class!

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2019

I ran as a privateer in the Superstock 1000 class with my dad and friend as mechanics, I had to do all of the suspension and electronics myself which was extremely hard but massively beneficial for the future and understanding of how to set a bike up! I managed numerous top 10 and top 5’s along with a podium at the end of the year as well as the highest place privateer in the championship! I was the 2019 Lord of Lydden and I set the Lydden Hill lap record on a bike in 2019 at 40.782.

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2020

I had signed for the official Kawasaki team earning my first proper ride with a factory backed team but unfortunately due to covid the team could not continue! I had the opportunity to step up into the premiere class British Superbikes on a Kawasaki for the Bike Devil race team, it was a great experience and I finished 16th in my first ever race and had top 5 sector times against the factory teams! It was great to see that with the right team I could compete in the class competitively! I only competed in 3 rounds due to financial reasons!

2018

I joined a Superbike team and moved up to the National superstock 1000 class. I made the transition naturally and it suited my size and riding style. Unfortunately the team did not quite have the wealth of experience and data with the new Suzuki I was riding and this became apparent in the early part of the season. I had top 10’s and a best result of 6th in my first season in the class!

2019

I ran as a privateer in the Superstock 1000 class with my dad and friend as mechanics, I had to do all of the suspension and electronics myself which was extremely hard but massively beneficial for the future and understanding of how to set a bike up! I managed numerous top 10 and top 5’s along with a podium at the end of the year as well as the highest place privateer in the championship! I was the 2019 Lord of Lydden and I set the Lydden Hill lap record on a bike in 2019 at 40.782.

2020

I had signed for the official Kawasaki team earning my first proper ride with a factory backed team but unfortunately due to covid the team could not continue! I had the opportunity to step up into the premiere class British Superbikes on a Kawasaki for the Bike Devil race team, it was a great experience and I finished 16th in my first ever race and had top 5 sector times against the factory teams! It was great to see that with the right team I could compete in the class competitively! I only competed in 3 rounds due to financial reasons!

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2021

I rode as a satellite rider for the Hawk Racing Suzuki team on a Suzuki GSXR-1000, I topped sessions throughout the season. Qualified on the front row and had consistent top 10’s in the most competitive year the class has ever seen! I also achieved 2021 Lord of Lydden.

2021

I rode as a satellite rider for the Hawk Racing Suzuki team on a Suzuki GSXR-1000, I topped sessions throughout the season. Qualified on the front row and had consistent top 10’s in the most competitive year the class has ever seen! I also achieved 2021 Lord of Lydden.

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Pirelli National Superstock Rider

07985 325382 wardsharkey@gmail.com