Mini marvel Bayliss loving life at the front of the field
He may only be eight years old, but Long Stratton’s Bayliss Cutting is fast making a name for himself around the East Anglian motocross circuits.
The St Mary’s Junior School pupil has progressed so rapidly he has stepped up from 50cc autos to 65cc bikes a year early.
And he even marked his debut race handling a clutch and gears against boys up to three years older with a win at Hockham, near Thetford, in a round of last year’s Norfolk and Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club (NSJ) Championship.
Cutting, whose dad Kevin serves as his mechanic, has already collected two ACU Eastern Centre Auto Championships from the twist and go format, and is hungry to continue that success on his upgraded machine.
“When he won his first race at seven we thought ‘now he has the confidence to do what we always knew he could’,” said his mother Nicki Utting, who admits his array of trophies, including from the prestigious National GT Cup, where he came second overall last year after two early engines failures, have taken over their home.
After dedicating himself to winter training at the sandy Mepal track in east Cambridgeshire, he began his debut season in the 65cc class with an overall fourth place in the NSJ Championship on Sunday, with two third-placed finishes and fifth.
“This bike is a lot bigger and he is quite small for his age anyway, so we didn’t know how he was going to take to it,” said Nicki. “But he took to it so easily.”
Having first rode a day after his sixth birthday, Cutting also plans to continue to add to his trophy collection by also again competing in the East Anglian Schoolboy Scrambling Club Championship.
He has also added the Mini Masters Offroad Motorsport Championship to his calender this season, which covers three rounds starting in April.
Nicki added he wished to thank all the people and companies who have supported him so far.