COVID-19 failed to puncture the progress of Mossley motocross rider Alex Tandy.
Despite the early part of the season being disrupted by coronavirus, the 14-year-old raced to three titles in what his manager Keith Edwards described as a “fantastic year”.
Alex won the ACU 250 Superlite class, the ACU Novice British championship and he is also the British Novice champion.
It sets up Alex for 2021 when he will move up to the Clubman class, something Keith said is “outstanding” for somebody his age.
“Alex will be racing with adults in an adult class and it looks as though he will be very competitive,” explained Keith.
And Covid-19 permitting, Alex may also be heading to Las Vegas to race in a one-off event.
In 2019, Alex was crowned academy winner in the Norasport British Supermoto and Superlite Championship in his first full season of racing.
What made that remarkable was those successes came less than eight months after Alex cheated death in a freak accident.
Alex missed the opening race of the season as he was still recovering from the serious injuries sustained when he plummeted 40 feet from an outside walkway at Mossley Hollins High School after a glass panel shattered.
Nicknamed the ‘bionic boy’ after the accident, in which he broke his pelvis in two places and snapped tendons in his arm, Alex was back on his bike within two months and winning the Teesside round of the championship.
Alex’s successes in 2019 did not go unnoticed as he was signed up to race with the newly formed Auto Solutions team in 2020 alongside 13 times British elite champion Chris Hodgson who will be competing in the lites class and Alex moving up from 80cc to a larger 250cc machine.Keith said: “We spoke to Chris and he said that he first noticed Alex last year and felt he had what it takes on and off the track to succeed and was happy to mentor him in the 2020 season.”
It ought to be little surprise that Alex should become a moto cross racer as he had his own quad bike on the farm where he was raised from an early age.
Alex saved money to buy his own 85cc bike which he rode in the fields.
But his hobby was taken to a new level after his dad Thomas took Alex to watch his friend Keith Edwards racing.
Alex’s parents then bought him an 85cc racing bike and he began competing part way through the 2018 campaign.
He is trained and mentored by Keith and dreams of becoming a professional racer. He has even used a mini digger to create his own practice jumps on the farm where he lives.
Alex is looking for sponsors to help cover his costs. If you are interested in helping Alex reach the next level, contact Keith Edwards 07909 856995 or email Eddie2wheels@gmail.com for details.
You can also follow Alex on his Facebook page www.facebook.com/mossleymissile