Lorette teen poised to race in U.S. road race series
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This article was published 27/01/2022 (253 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
He just turned 15 in December, attending grade 10 in Lorette, but away from his studies, Jack Beaudry is 100 % focussed on motorcycle road racing.
At his tender age he is already one of the top road racers in the province, and that expertise on the track has garnered him a spot in a prestigious U.S. racing series called the North American Talent Cup, that includes some of the top young racers on the continent.
This is a motorcycle road racing series that will include 17 of the most promising under 16-year-old racers in North America, and he is one of only two Canadians that were chosen for the circuit following the application process.
Working with the TPL racing team, they will be racing at seven of the top road race tracks in the U.S. beginning in April and ending in September. There will be 14 races in all, with two races at each of the stops.
Every racer will be riding identical Aprilia RS250SP2 motorcycles.
The new North American Talent Cup is associated with MotoAmerica and aims to provide riders with a link on the road to MotoGP, creating the stepping stone between the FIM MiniGP North America Series and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship.
At any rate with all those developmental racing series available down the road, young Jack is focusing on the business at hand, and that is continuing to train during the winter months on the track at Speedworld in Winnipeg.
In an interview at the family home in Lorette on Monday, a reporter first asked Jack how his studies were going, to which he replied, “Pretty good, we had three snow days last week.”
Competing in this race series will be a family affair, with parents Louis and Jen and younger brother Matthew. That is because there will be a big time and financial commitment as they will be flying and driving to these race venues, mostly held on weekends, and returning home to Manitoba in between.
Jack’s love of racing came from his father Louis, also a road racer some 20 plus years ago, which included racing in Gimli and Brainerd among other stops. “Jack has far more talent than I ever had,” said Louis in the basement of their Lorette home, where several motorcycles were being rebuilt and in various of stages of repair.
Jack became the youngest winner ever last fall, competing against adult racers, in the 40-year history on the Manitoba of the Manitoba Road Racing Association, which stages their races at Gimli.
He is already a veteran motorcycle racer with multiple race wins and podiums in various mini-road racing national and regional championships before moving up to bigger bikes and tracks.
Louis quietly sent in an application earlier in December with hopes of qualifying for the series. Not knowing what would come of it, needless to say there was much surprise and much excitement when word came that Jack had been chosen, especially since he didn’t know his dad had applied.
The first race of the series will be April 8-10 at Austin, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas, considered the premier race in North America, as it will be a support race for the Moto GP World Championship.
From there will be stops in Las Vegas, California, Georgia, Pittsburgh and finishing up in Alabama in September.
The top two riders at the end of the season-long series will be invited to compete in a race in Europe in addition to racing opportunities in the U.S.