Next Moto Champion: Meet Mark Heckles, Superstock 1000 Racer

In this episode of Next Moto Champion, show co-host Danielle Teal interviews former World Superbike racer Mark Heckles, who has reignited his already lengthy two-wheel career in the MotoAmerica series.

“We haven’t quite had a win yet,” Heckles tells Teal, “but we’ve been on the podium at VIR and constantly in the top five.” Heckles is currently third overall in Superstock 1000 points behind RoadRace Factory Orion rider Jake Gagne (eight wins) and Taylor Knapp (one victory).

“I think everyone is a little surprised how well we’ve actually done with such a small team,” Heckles adds. The 39-year-old Brit rides a Yamaha YZF-R1 for the Ryders Alley team based in New York City.

Also in the episode, Teal speaks with AMA Pro Flat Track racer (and X Games gold medalist!) Bryan Smith. Plus, Teal’s co-host, Jon Boucher, turns the product spotlight on Evans Coolant.

Next stop for Mark Heckles and the rest of the MotoAmerica series is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 17-19, in conjunction with the FIM Superbike World Championship.

In this episode of Next Moto Champion, show co-host Danielle Teal interviews former World Superbike racer Mark Heckles, who has reignited his already lengthy two-wheel career in the MotoAmerica series.

“We haven’t quite had a win yet,” Heckles tells Teal, “but we’ve been on the podium at VIR and constantly in the top five.” Heckles is currently third overall in Superstock 1000 points behind RoadRace Factory Orion rider Jake Gagne (eight wins) and Taylor Knapp (one victory).

“I think everyone is a little surprised how well we’ve actually done with such a small team,” Heckles adds. The 39-year-old Brit rides a Yamaha YZF-R1 for the Ryders Alley team based in New York City.

Also in the episode, Teal speaks with AMA Pro Flat Track racer (and X Games gold medalist!) Bryan Smith. Plus, Teal’s co-host, Jon Boucher, turns the product spotlight on Evans Coolant.

Next stop for Mark Heckles and the rest of the MotoAmerica series is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 17-19, in conjunction with the FIM Superbike World Championship.