Josh Owens: How I Became a British Superbike Racer

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Susan Vanden

Partner, Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager

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Josh Owens has progressed from British 125 and GP2 racing to British Superbike level in recent years and we at Simpson Millar are proud to have sponsored him throughout.

We caught up with him to chat about his route into racing and what advice he’d give to others wanting to follow in his footsteps.

Josh Owens, the British 125 champion in 2015 and Moto3 BSB champion in 2018, is now making a name for himself as a British Superbike rider for CDH Racing. In 2018, Owens moved into the Quattro Group British GP2 Championship, and claimed another British title. After this, he went on to sign with Dean Hipwell’s team to make his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut in 2019.

He grew up around bikes, being encouraged to ride a mini quad and a Mini Moto from a young age, so it was perhaps a natural choice for him to move into competitive racing.

“My dad’s always been a petrol head,” he said.

“He’s had his cars and bikes and had a few mates who had bike shops.”

But it was having a go on a little Mini Moto at the age of five that proved a big moment in Josh’s life.

“[Dad] said do you want to have a go?” Josh said.

“I had a go then and I loved it.”

This led to him taking part in races as a child, and he’s risen up the rankings ever since.

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Sponsors Play a Key Role

Josh is quick to credit his sponsors for the big part they’ve played during his career, and our Motorcycle Accident Solicitors are proud to have thrown our weight behind this talented rider over the last few years.

“If it wasn’t for sponsors, we wouldn’t be here,” Josh said.

“They’re a massive part of it. It means a lot. You just wouldn’t be on the grid without them at all.”

We’re proud to have sponsored Josh throughout his career as he is an exceptional talent. We look forward to continuing our sponsorship of Josh and we will be watching the start of the new season with keen interest.

 

Motorcycle Accident

In the final round of the 2023 season, the 23-year-old rider from Aintree had an awful accident at Darley Moor. He was quickly transported to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by Air Ambulance, as he was in critical condition. He sustained significant chest injuries, which has worsened the injuries that were caused at the beginning of the year.

We send all of our well wishes to Josh and his family, and hope for a speedy recovery.

 

Staying Safe on the Road

Whilst Josh is used to the rough and tumble that comes with competitive Superbike racing, he’s very safety conscious when he’s out and about on the roads.

Josh cycles a lot and believes spatial awareness is critical when it comes to getting around safely.

“You do notice there’s a lot of idiots out there, not just in cars,” he said.

“Take your time, be cautious and look for people who are looking at their phones and not at what they’re doing.”

Josh provides some excellent advice as to staying safe on the roads. We at Simpson Millar have been constantly promoting safety on the roads for vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, over the last few years and we’re proud to continue doing so during the summer months, where such road users will significantly increase in numbers.

Motorcycle Accidents Accounted for 14% of All Traffic Deaths, meaning that staying safe on the road should be your utmost priority.

 

Motorcycle Accident Claims

If you or a loved one has had a motorcycle accident, our Motorcycle Accident Solicitors can help you to make a compensation claim. It doesn’t matter if you were driving the motorcycle or riding pillion, we can help you. Our team are experts in dealing with motorcycle accident claims, which is a highly specialised area of law. We’ve got passionate bikers in our team who understand what it means to be a biker and have a good insight into some of the issues bikers face on the roads.

They work hard to get the best outcomes for injured bikers, such as access to specialist medical treatment and physiotherapy and adaptations to bikes so they can continue to ride after serious or life changing injuries.

If a family member died in a motorcycle accident, we can support you through the Inquest and attend any criminal Court if we need to. We want you to get justice for your loved one.

 

Helpful Motorcycle Safety Tips

It's so important to stay safe when riding on your motorcycle. You can't control what other people do on the roads, but you can  take steps to ensure that you stay as safe as you possibly can. 

For a free claims assessment, contact our Motorcycle Accident Claims Solicitors on 0808 239 6443, and let us help you.

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Susan Vanden

Partner, Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Road Traffic Accidents

Susan specialises in managing road traffic accident cases, and mainly represents pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists in multi-track cases, as well as clients who have developed chronic pain syndrome and sustained organic injuries.

She also supports junior members of staff across the department.

References

 Derbyshire Blood Bikes. (n.d.). Home. https://derbyshirebloodbikes.org

Forbes Advisor. (n.d.). Motorcycle Accident Statistics: Safety and Costs. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/legal/motorcycle-accident-statistics/

Hawk Racing. (n.d.). Josh Owens. https://www.hawk-racing.co.uk/riders/josh-owens

GPone.com. (2023, October 13). British Superbike, Josh Owens in critical condition. https://www.gpone.com/en/2023/10/13/sbk/british-superbike-josh-owens-in-critical-condition.html

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