Jaymee Garrood

WMX Racer - Welcome to the BWMA, could you please tell us a little about yourself?
“Hi I am 20 years old and I coach gymnastics. I’ve recently finished a degree in Public Service Management so I’m looking to pursue a career in the Fire Service alongside the Army Reserve.”
WMX Racer - How and when did your interest in motocross begin?
“I started riding just after my 9th birthday, my dad got me into it after years of racing himself, to be honest I think it was a ploy to get back on a bike!”
WMX Racer - Can you remember your first ever bike?
“I had a little Yamaha PW 80 when I first started riding, I shared it with a friend of mine who started motocross at the same time and we progressed together.”
WMX Racer - When was your first race and how did it go?
“I competed in my first race when I was 11, it was with Kensworth at Daventry and it really didn’t go to plan, I was so nervous but stuck it out and finished.”
WMX Racer - What clubs and organisations have you raced with?
“This is my first season racing, I did a couple of
races with Kensworth when I was younger but never completed a full championship. After that I started racing with Southern Motocross for a bit of fun with my dad in 2016 but again only did a few. This is the first time I’ve consistently raced throughout the year and I’m loving every meeting!”
WMX Racer - What has been your biggest achievement in motocross so far?
“Getting to ride for Great Britain at the IMBA round was definitely at the top, having the opportunity was amazing and I loved every second.”
WMX Racer - Have you enjoyed racing on the BWMA circuits?
“I’ve really enjoyed it so far, I’d prefer a few more technical tracks rather than hardpack, but it’s been great to ride different circuits, if more of a variety were thrown in it would be brilliant.”
WMX Racer - Which one has been your favourite?
“It’s a tough choice between Wroxton or Brookthorpe, I love the jumps and the air time they give you.”
WMX Racer - What would you say has been your best BWMA performance in 2018 so far?
“My best result was at Wroxton, where I managed to break into the top 10 overall, something I’ve been desperate to do all season. But I managed to grab my first holeshot at Warmingham Lane and rode consistently there too so it’s difficult to say.  ”
WMX Racer - What made you want to join the BWMA and how have you found it so far?
“I originally did a couple of the Girls Nationals meetings and really enjoyed them but wanted to compete in more consistent racing. We heard about the BWMA and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get involved, particularly as it also provided me with the chance to qualify for the IMBA.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the season so far and met a great bunch of talented girls along the way.”

WMX Racer - What are your thoughts on the BWMA and Ladies racing motocross in general?
“I think women’s motocross is something that doesn’t get enough recognition, it’s not just a guy’s sport and the results from the BWMA prove that. Howard and Vicky have done an amazing job running the championship and its opening doors for everyone involved.”
WMX Racer - When did you find out that you would be representing GB in the IMBA at Norley and how did you feel?
“There was talk of the possibility a week prior, but it was confirmed the Thursday before the meeting and I was thrilled! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited, I couldn’t stop smiling.”
WMX Racer - What did you think of the IMBA event and did you enjoy it?
“I loved the IMBA meeting it was such an amazing experience. Every race this season has been a steep learning curve for me and the IMBA was no different, the pace of the riders was incredible, but I loved the challenge.”
WMX Racer - Would you like to travel into Europe and do further IMBA rounds if the chance arose?
“I would love to do the other IMBA rounds, I thoroughly enjoyed riding with the team and wouldn’t hesitate should the opportunity arise again. My speed is developing every race so hopefully I’ll get the chance to do it again.”
WMX Racer -How do you see the rest of 2018 going and what are you hoping to achieve in motocross?

Jaymee “I’m hoping to continue to progress, this is my first year on a 4 stroke so I’m still getting to grips with the bike.  I’m looking to continue to push into the top 10 and make improvements that hopefully will allow me to ride in the IMBA again.”
WMX Racer - Do you have any other sports or interests away from motocross?
Jaymee “I used to do a lot of gymnastics and swimming when I was younger alongside riding, but more recently I like climbing and scuba diving, mostly I spend a lot of time training; I’m trying to build up a portfolio to become a stunt woman. I’m normally up in Wales on short expeditions or on some training course. The mountains are great for fitness and I love an adventure.”
WMX Racer - Finally how do you like to unwind and relax when not racing?
Jaymee “I generally don’t have a lot of time to relax, I love being on the go. I’m part of Surrey Search and Rescue and also involved in the water rescue team so “unwinding” isn’t a common thing, we get callouts at all sorts of ridiculous times. If I’m not at work, a callout, or training I’ll always find something fun to do. I’m constantly doing something and if I’m not I’m catching up on sleep haha. I’d like to thank all those that support me, Putoline UK, Team Hard Racing, ZeroNine MX Graphics, Pioneer Race Events.”

Interview by Mike Wood