Name: Lewis Rollo
Lives: Gifford, Scotland
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 organises 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 practise time. The young Scot showed that he preferred a dog fight and forced his way through to finish ninth overall.
For 2017 Lewis will compete in the Pirelli 1000 Superstock National Championship, aboard the MSS Colchester Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Nick Morgan is Team Principle at MSS Colchester Kawasaki. MSS has evolved over many years and utilising nearly 150,000 man-hours it has absorbed knowledge like a sponge-built library to become what is arguably Kawasaki’s most successful team with a history in National Superstock, British Supersport and British Superbikes, The IOM TT, Northwest 200 and the Macau GP.
The Team’s story begins 15 years ago when Nick Morgan decided to turn two new Kawasaki ZXR-750Rs into Superbikes. He had already been involved with Kawasaki for many years - initially serving as an apprentice in a Kawasaki dealership, then through his first steps in racing a Kawasaki GPZ1100B1 which he bought from his brother in 1982.
Over the years, Nick and his entourage continued to race the latest Kawasaki 750s and had a considerable amount of success not only at short circuit but at the IOM TT, NW200 and many Irish Roads Events . During this time, Nick had also started his own company under which name the team now ran - MSS Performance.
Up to now MSS Performance had been forging ahead largely under its own steam. They had switched their efforts to racing Kawasaki’s ZX-6R range of machines and, in 1999, the team finally gained official backing from Kawasaki and adopted the MSS Kawasaki name.
From that point on, the team has grown significantly to the beast it is today!
Jeb is our Engine Builder here at Colchester Kawasaki for MSS Performance. He has owned and ridden bikes since he was just 3 years old! His life has always been around bikes, both riding and fixing them from a young age with not a year in memory without them! His current list of bikes includes a Kawasaki ZX-6R, Kawasaki KXF250, Jawa 500, Jawa Antig 500, Jap 350, Raleigh Wisp, BSA Bantam and Bantam D7.
Jeb's first job for work experience whilst still at school was with our very own Nick Morgan here at MSS. He took Jeb under his wing and since then Jeb has learnt from some of the best mechanics all over the world. Jeb started on smaller bikes as a child and then moved up to road bikes in our MSS workshop servicing and tuning to a very high standard. Now he spends most of his time building and tuning engines, but also gets to enjoy and build some lovely Superbikes on the way.
Most of Jeb's hobbies revolve around bikes, whether it be riding or building them in his personal workshop. Other hobbies include mountain biking, mountain climbing and going to museums, auto jumbles and classic motorcycle shows.
Jeb hates the colour red. He also claims that he's always hated tattoos but is now covered in them!
Tom is the Chief Technician here at Colchester Kawasaki for MSS Performance. Tom started out working as a car mechanic and began attending BSB races as a volunteer. When he was made redundant he then decided to further a career in something he was really interested in.
He first got into motorcycle racing back in 2008 with Ed Rendell, then got the bug to move on into a bigger and better team. Since then he has never looked back and has worked with some very talented people over the years.
Tom cannot understand the point of fruit in a dessert.
Aside from motorcycles, one of Tom's favourite hobbies is practicing his shooting aim.
Naomi takes care of the admin for MSS Performance here at Colchester Kawasaki. Naomi has grown up around bikes, with her dad starting off racing motorbikes and then going on to start and run MSS Performance - in fact, her dad was on the grid at Brands when he got the call that her mum had gone into labour! Naomi started working with MSS 2 1/2 years ago, having previously worked as a spa therapist. Naomi also loves being involved in the racing, and currently works for Pirelli BSB on the grid/podiums on race weekends.
Naomi is terrified of wasps, to the point of hysteria!
Naomi loves fitness, and tries to get to the gym as often as she can. In her spare time she loves going out with friends, and travelling the world.