A YOUNG Anglo-Spanish motorbike racer faces a financial mountain if he is to climb into the big time.
Javi Orellana Malloy, 17, is one of the most promising young riders in Europe, and has come off the back of a successful 2014 season in the European Junior Cup where he finished second in the championship – the entry level for World Superbikes.
His talent has not gone unnoticed with several offers on the table to move up to the Superstock 600 series for 15 to 22 year olds. But in order to do that he has to ‘buy’ his place, and with the cheapest deal on the table costing €40,000, he may have to say goodbye to his dreams of competing in the World Superbike championships within a few years.
That €40,000 is an entry level fee, a ride in a competitive team can cost up to €120,000 for one season.
For the last three years he has raced in the European Junior Cup, finishing third in his first year, seventh in his second and an agonising second in the third. Agonising because he went into the final race at Magny-Cours with a chance of winning the title.
Despite a second win of the season after one at Donington Park, he was pipped to top spot by Augusto Fernandez. With the title came a coveted free spot in the Superstock 600 series. Second position gained nothing.
As Javi said: “There is no way my mum and dad can pay €100,000. I just hope I can find the sponsorship I need.”
Javi, who lives in Marratxi, is a level-headed young man who has not let his schoolwork slip. On that he had no choice.
He said: “I am in the second year of sixth form and have always passed everything. Mum made it clear that if I ever failed anything that would be the end of my motorbike racing.”
“With all the scrimping, saving and sacrifices we have made, it is the least he could do in return!” chipped in his mother, Hayley Malloy, originally from Walton in Lancashire.
Javi first rode a motorbike aged nine when Alfonso bought him a ‘minimoto’. The bug bit and he has never looked back.
Javi said: “Every year I went up. First Mallorca, then Spain, then Europe. I do not want to stop now.”
His years in the European Junior Cup were not cheap either, coming in at €20,000 a year, not including travelling expenses. Hayley explained that family and friends all chipped in to help out and there had been some sponsors. Hayley and Alfonso, who work for Europ Foods, well-known around Spain, can only help so far.
“We need sponsors for Javi. Any little bit helps, but a minimum price of €40,000 plus travelling and other expenses is beyond us,” Hayley said.
If you can sponsor Javi call Hayley on 647 346 931/ 971 796 689. Javi’s website is www.javiorellana.com.