Images: JOHN INNES.
DESPITE THE TRAUMAS of recent times, road racing is in strong position with riders of 16-year-old Lachlan Hickey’s ability on a motorcycle.
“It’s on the bitumen at Barbagallo Raceway that he demonstrates a level of skill well beyond his tender years,” said MCRCWA’s John Innes. “He’s the nephew of A grade Superbike rider and former MX rider Ralph Mammoliti, and some of those genes have obviously rubbed off.”
Lachlan was rarely off a Pee Wee 50 as a toddler and raced at aged four, as soon as he could get his bike licence. Junior MX followed as did contesting Enduros as he grew, and taking part in the MWA–Jet Camp which nurtures up-and-coming talent from all disciplines of the sport.
It all changed in 2013 when he attended a ‘Come and Try day’ for road racing. He took up the challenge at the Collie Motorplex on a Honda CBR 150. It wasn’t long before he was on a Kawasaki Ninja 250 under the watchful of JB Racing‘s Jeff Bryce.
Lachlan won the 2015 State 250cc Production championship – the youngest competitor in WA to do so – following in his Uncle’s footsteps in 1998.
He was rewarded by mentor Bryce with a Kawasaki Ninja 300 for 2016, finishing fourth overall. At the season ending Kings of Wanneroo, he raced his uncle’s 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6 for the first time and proved he was more than capable of riding the increased capacity machine.
Once the 2017 season gets underway Lachlan has his sights set high, stepping up to the State Supersport Championship. It’s a learning year for the youngster, and a steep one at that. “Time will tell just how he fares against some hard chargers,” John Innes said. “But with riders of his undoubted ability, WA road racing is in very good hands.”
Edited by AC.