Name: Lewis Rollo
Lives: Gifford, Scotland
Team: MSS Colchester Kawasaki
Casting an eye over the Scottish teenager, you would think this slender youth is a beginner in the racing world… Think again.
Lewis has achieved a great deal at his young age. Hailing from Gifford, Scotland. Lewis has travelled the length and breadth of the country battling with the UK and Irelands finest.
Starting Racing life on the dirt at the age of seven in 2006, Lewis quickly got a taste for the rostrum finishing second in the Scottish Junior Motocross Championship.
Switching to Minimoto in 2007 Lewis finished a respectable sixth in the Scottish Junior A Minimoto Championship and took the ‘Best Newcomer’ award. Once the young Scot had a year under his belt he returned in 2008 to take maximum points on his way to winning the Championship.
Come 2009 Lewis competed in two categories in the Scottish Championship. The Junior A class which he won for the second year running and the Featherweight Production class, in which the tiny racer finished runner up.
Lewis won all three categories for the first time in 2010, achieving the maximum of 600 points in all three categories in the Scottish Minimoto Championship. This was the first time in 18 years that record had been broken.
Under the guidance of mentor Allan McIntosh and father Barry, Lewis made the step up to the Aprilia Superteens in 2011 on his Aprilia RS125. The young racer however was only allowed to compete in two meetings due to age restrictions. Lewis also won all three Categories in the Scottish Minimoto Championship for the second season running.
Now at the age of 13 and able to compete in a full season of the Aprilia Superteens, 2012 proved to be a monumental year for the Scot. Lewis won the Championship that many of the modern day greats have cut their teeth in and by a huge 312 points margin. Lewis also won all three categories of the Scottish Minimoto Championship for a third year running. Redbull Rookies showed interest in the East Lothian youngster by inviting him to the try outs in which he made it in to the top 50 in the world.
Another big leap in 2013 saw Lewis challenge for the Aprilia IN Competition RRV450GP Championship. The Aprilia RRV450GP bike created by Ian Newton specifically for this championship is a larger 4 stroke machine. Lewis adapted well in a much older and stronger field finishing eighth in the championship, however missing the last three rounds due to injury. Lewis also finished sixth in the Supertwin category on the same bike against 600cc machinery.
Lewis completed five rounds of the Motostar British 125cc Championship regularly fighting at the front and finished 14th overall.
The young Scot wasn’t quite finished with 2013 and became the youngest ever champion in the Scottish Lightweight Championship, breaking the Knockhill lap record along the way. Redbull Rookies once again called the youngster for try outs, however a wrist injury cut short his time in Spain.
During the 2014 season Lewis raced at selected meetings of the Scottish Lightweight Championship finishing third. Lewis also raced in the Thunder sport GB series, competing once again in the Aprilia IN Competition Championship and the Bridgestone Supertwin Championship. Lewis finished both championships in an overall fourth position after a consistent point scoring season, showing the maturity developed through his years of racing.
2015 was to be Lewis’ adjustment year to his Shirlaw Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX6R. However, sitting back and taking it easy has never interested the teenager. Instead he dominated the three Superstock 600 championships he entered, Knockhill Motorsports club, Melville Motor Club and the Scottish Championship. An outing in the MCE BSB Pirelli Superstock Championship round at Knockhill also opened a few eye’s in the paddock. Torrential rain fall on Friday evening forced the organisation to cut the Superstock 600 qualifying sessions from the schedule. This meant Lewis would have to start from way back in 19th, taken from his practice time. The young Scot showed that he preferred a dog fight and forced his way through to finish ninth overall.
For 2016 Lewis completed a full season in the Pirelli 600 Superstock National Championship, once again aboard the Shirlaw Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX6R. The teenager took the competitive nature of the nations best in his stride and finished the year in fifth. During the year, Lewis had encountered some awful luck, ending up with four non-point scoring rounds due to collisions with other riders. He also climbed the podium three times.
In 2017 Lewis competes in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship after being given the opportunity by Nick Morgan to contest the MSS Colchester Kawasaki ZX10RR.