Harrison Voight in profile and interview

Harrison Voight Profile

“Put his title in your little black e book” is one over-done cliché and with so many proficient riders coming by way of, it’s not such somewhat e book any extra… Nonetheless, one title that has been in my metaphorical e book for over half a decade is Harrison (Harry) Voight.

Harrison Voight testing at Sydney Motorsport Park – Picture by RBMotoLens

After a really profitable profession in dust monitor, he commenced highway racing again in 2017 within the GP Juniors Collection. There was no denying his expertise and competitiveness on the dust and naturally he introduced the identical A recreation and mentality to the bitumen.

Harry could also be nearly unknown in his homeland as he has spent the previous few years competing abroad. In 2018 he spent a whole lot of the 12 months in America along with his good mate Tom Drane the place the younger pair starred on the hotly contested US dust monitor scene. Then in 2019 Voight  put extra give attention to the tarmar with a change to the Moto3 bikes of the Asia Expertise Cup and European Expertise Cups.

Harrison Voight within the 2022 North Brisbane Cup

For 2020 and 2021 Harry was chosen for the Pink Bull Rookies Cup in addition to the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship (now known as FIM JuniorGP).

In 2021, on the second spherical of the CEV in Valencia, he broke his collarbone in a qualifying session however managed to return again for the Rookies spherical on the Sachsenring quickly after, the place he scored his finest results of the 12 months.

Nonetheless the next week was one other spherical of the CEV Moto3 class at Portimao in Portugal, the place it virtually got here to a full cease. Actually. He crashed and was run over, the impacts leaving with some pretty extreme leg accidents and main surgical procedures.

Harrison Voight in Qualifying at Portimao with Pink Bull Rookies

It was a protracted painful highway again to a full restoration, in truth Voight nonetheless has the rod in his leg from the Portimao incident. By all of it he stored his journey for 2022 with the Group Sic outfit run by Marco Simoncelli’s father, Paolo, which culminated with a Wild Card journey within the Moto3 GP at Misano, final 12 months.

Throughout all this time one factor was changing into extraordinarily clear. Harry had grown to a degree that he was simply too tall and heavy for a Moto3 machine. His development was changing into a significant drawback towards all of the midget-sized European riders. As such, his eyes and goals at the moment are targeted on the CEV Moto2 Championship, the identical class that fellow Aussie Senna Agius, completed second in final 12 months.

Harrison Voight dwarfs the Moto3 equipment – Picture by 2snap

Previously couple of years, Aussie race followers have been capable of see Voight in motion on the closing spherical of ASBK on the Bend. Final 12 months he was part of the Miller Motorsports outift driving a Yamaha within the 600 Supersport class and he fully dominated the racing.

He might be a greater match for the bigger, heavier and extra highly effective 765 cc-powered machines and due to this step up in school his time in Australia over the summer time months has been targeted on as a lot monitor time as attainable and constructing bike health on Supersport equipment.

Harrison Voight at The Bend final November – Picture RbMotoLens

Harry additionally contested the St George Summer season Collection and likewise the official ASBK Check at SMP. He excelled at each and went inside a knat’s whisker of bettering the lengthy standing outright Supersport quickest lap set by Jamie Stauffer a very long time in the past.

Harrison Voight testing at Sydney Motorsport Park – Picture by RBMotoLens

Harry will full his summer time sojourn by collaborating within the Australian Supersport Championship opener this weekend that might be run along with spherical one of many 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship.

This 16-year-old child from the Gold Coast is an enormous expertise with a sparklingly shiny future forward. He’s had his fair proportion of setbacks and like every rider with these championship profitable aspirations, he makes use of these bumps within the highway as inspiration. This 12 months he ought to actually begin to come into his personal…

Harrison Voight in motion at The Bend final 12 months – Picture RbMotoLens

Harrison Voight Interview

Mark Bracks: Properly Harry your time in Australia; how do you charge it, you may have been getting loads of driving in…

Harrison Voight: “Yeah, I’ve been doing loads. I’ve completed a good few miles recently. It’s been nice making an attempt to get as a lot seat time as I can earlier than I head again to Europe. It’s actually good for bike health, so it was nice to be at Japanese Creek after which to get on monitor at Phillip Island just a few instances and naturally to race there this weekend.”

Harrison Voight (centre) flanked by fellow younger Aussie skills Tom Drane and Cameron Dunker – Picture by RBMotoLens

Bracksy: So engaged on bike health, are you continue to – in a approach –  recovering from these now outdated accidents?

Voight: “Sure and no. Sure, it’s for bike health however the 600s and the Moto2 is way heavier to what I’ve been driving the final 18 months. A Moto3 weighs 80 kilos, Moto2 is heaps extra and a 600 is somewhat bit related in weight and energy additionally. I’ve simply been specializing in that. As for the accidents, they’re just about good now.”

Bracksy: Being right here and never having the strain of racing in a championship, and simply making an attempt to work on your self, how a lot do you retain in reserve or are you on the restrict loads.

Voight: “Clearly on the Sydney Ttest I pushing a good bit. As you may see within the lap instances. The monitor is faster as effectively, in order that makes it simpler. The instances I’m at, it’s time to start out pushing it a bit extra so rise up to hurry and ramp up all the things actually. You’ve nonetheless received to have a go however it’s a must to be conservative with what you might be doing. It’s a threat versus reward state of affairs, so simply take what’s on supply on the day.”

Harrison Voight testing at Sydney Motorsport Park – Picture by RBMotoLens

Bracksy: You haven’t crashed, have you ever?

Voight: “I haven’t crashed a 600 since final 12 months at The Bend. I imply the 12 months earlier than (2021), so hopefully it stays that approach!”

Bracksy: Do you get any grief out of your group or phrases to watch out?

Voight: “Sure and no. Clearly, the group need me to get as match as attainable and try to rise up to hurry because it’s my first 12 months in Moto2. In fact, the group goes to be like that, however it’s a must to be good with what you do now. When you’re rising in it, you perceive the dangers of the game so it’s a must to be a bit extra conscious of what’s happening. Sure, something can occur however that’s simply what we do. But you gotta be a bit extra tippy toes on consciousness of what’s happening round you.”

Bracksy: However for those who weren’t doing this, you’d be on a dust monitor or a motocross bike to maintain your eye in.

Voight: “I don’t do motocross. I’m ineffective at it! You will get harm fairly straightforward, however I’ve been driving flat monitor or some type anyway.”

Harrison Voight within the 2022 North Brisbane Cup

Bracksy: Are you ever going to return to the flat monitor?

Voight: “I’ll nonetheless be doing it. Clearly not like I did in America that point with Tom Drane. I nonetheless have an enormous ardour for it, and I love to do it loads to distance myself from the highway, as after a protracted 12 months you kinda get a bit stale of doing laps, so it’s good to combine it up as a result of it’s one other totally different talent.”

Bracksy: Trying on the instances you have been doing in Sydney and the way dominant you may have been, how a lot is that been due to what you may have been doing in Europe. Not a lot the bike you may have been driving however the competitors you may have been up towards for nook velocity and having to journey so onerous on a regular basis.

Voight: “It exhibits within the paddock and the sector I’m in, particularly right here; I’m just like the child I assume you would say. The quick one. Little Cameron Dunker is doing actually good, which is nice to see however the guys by way of the highest 5 are loads older than me. So in fact that have has come from Europe, but I haven’t had a lot time to adapt to Europe as in ’21 I missed out half the 12 months by way of harm.

Voight leads Farnsworth, Lytras, Baker and Favelle
Voight leads Farnsworth, Lytras, Baker and Favelle – Picture by RBMotoLens

“Mainly, as soon as I recovered, it was no fluffing round. Simply straight into it, principally, with what I do know. Clearly, I used to be sore. It doesn’t matter. I needed to maintain going. For positive, I’ve learnt loads in Europe, and I’ll at all times proceed to take action as a result of yearly the extent is enhancing so everyone seems to be getting fast. It’s a matter of a little bit of all the things.

“My model on the Moto3 type of jogs my memory of Jack Miller somewhat bit, to be sincere. I despatched him an image and I mentioned I seem like you and he mentioned do no matter feels comfy. In Europe that’s kinda the model. Everyone seems to be totally different in fact, however at this specific level, I’m capable of bury the physique weight ahead to the bike form of model.”

Bracksy: Is that what is actually crucial within the Moto3 class over there; to get the load proper over the entrance?

Voight: “Just about. It’s a Grand Prix chassis so it actually comes from the entrance. You’ve actually received to make the bike work to show. A manufacturing bike is somewhat totally different. Not saying manufacturing bikes are completely totally different. The whole lot has totally different features however they mix collectively I suppose.”

Harrison Voight – Picture Vaclav Duska Jr.

Bracksy: So with Phillip Island developing, you received’t be completely happy until you get pole place and three wins?

Voight: “I’ve already received my eyes on a goal for lap instances and stuff.”

Bracksy: You’re not going to inform me which can be you? *Laughs*

Voight: “I’d moderately simply do my speaking on monitor, coz if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. So, we’ll simply see the way it goes. Everybody is aware of Phillip Island; the climate can change in a second. All of it is determined by the day actually.”

Bracksy: Okay, wanting ahead after PI and going again to Europe in your first 12 months on the Moto2 within the CEV, you guys are at all times setting objectives for yourselves, what have you ever set your self this 12 months with the brand new group?

Voight: “In fact you’ve got your objectives and what you wish to obtain. Mine are quite simple as a result of I don’t wish to over complicate it, but, in fact I wish to set my eyes on the targets to be on the rostrum and win races as a result of I really consider I can do, as a result of my abilities are positively enhancing far more. I consider in what I’ve completed at residence in the intervening time, and prior to now 12 months, my model will swimsuit the larger bikes. I’m going to see the way it goes at first. Attempt to not get too carried away with all of it and simply try to be taught. I’ve nonetheless received that hungriness and I wish to win. Nothing’s modified.

Harrison Voight testing at Sydney Motorsport Park – Picture by RBMotoLens

“In fact I wish to be on the rostrum. That’s what I wish to do. That’s my goal for the entire 12 months. I simply wish to be up there and present that I’ve velocity for my first 12 months in Moto2. Clearly, I’ve to do one other 12 months within the juniors until I win it. Which goes to be difficult. It’s by no means straightforward. If I didn’t consider I might do it I can’t see the purpose of being there.”

Bracksy: I do know precisely what you’re saying however I do know you are able to do it. You may have an innate expertise that I’ve witnessed for years, ever since dust monitor and whenever you began in GP Juniors.

Voight: “It’s been good. There’s days the place you get stale and miss residence, I look again on the 12 months I actually struggled with accidents and I used to be actually down. I simply look again at these moments. I don’t know… it simply rekindles that fireside in me to maintain pushing on as on the time it was actually difficult, it in all probability would have been straightforward to provide all of it away, but I’m nonetheless right here. I really consider I could be up there with all of the others.”

Harrison Voight on the grid at the Misano CIV round
Harrison Voight on the grid on the Misano CIV spherical in 2022

Bracksy: So how lengthy earlier than you reckon you’ll be within the GP class?

Voight: “It’s important to be 18 to get in. Dorna will enable dispensations in case you are so many months out out of your birthday and clearly for those who win Moto2 GP Juniors, so all of it is determined by that. Subsequent 12 months I’m 18 in Could so hopefully I can – not that I want anybody to get harm – but when some alternative arrives with a very good group, hopefully I can have one other go on the world championship and present my expertise extra and need to have a full-time seat.”

Bracksy: So what group are you driving for this 12 months?

Voight: “The group is Yamaha Philippines/Stylo Bike Racing Group.”

Bracksy: Yamaha Philippines? Actually?

Voight: “Yeah, simply the sponsor is Philippines. That’s to fund their Filipino rider. The precise group is Stylo Bike Racing Group. Karl Paz has introduced in Yamaha as a result of he’s sponsored by them which is rather like the entrance cowl for the group. It’s nonetheless a Triumph engine with Kalex chassis. Similar As Senna.”

Toparis, Nicolson, Prentice, Bramich, Voight
Toparis, Nicolson, Prentice, Bramich, Voight – Picture by Half Gentle Photographic

Bracksy: So does Senna have a goal on his again?

Voight: “Yeah. He’s going to have a goal on his again all over the place as he rode effectively final 12 months and congrats to him as he deserves it. I’ve seen how onerous he’s labored. In fact, you wish to say congrats however you continue to wish to beat him.”

Bracksy: Your physique mass fits a Moto2 machine much more than a Moto3.

Voight: “Yeah. I don’t appear so tall and heavy in individual but within the Moto3 I’m tall. When you have a look at Dennis Foggia, he is sort of a man-child. (A couple of laughs) He’s shorter than me, which is shocking as I’m solely 172 cm.”

Bracksy: What’s your physique weight?

Voight: “Round about 61 [kg].”

Harrison Voight - Image RbMotoLens
Harrison Voight – Picture RbMotoLens

Bracksy: Is that your optimum weight you wish to grasp to?

Voight: “In Moto2 I don’t actually care however with what you do on this sport, weight loss program is so essential . I attempt to eat healthily, not eat any shit. After I eat effectively I are likely to burn all of it off.”

Bracksy: Is it a vegetarian weight loss program?

Voight: “I’ve to eat meat. I can’t flip vegetarian. I wouldn’t be capable of survive. I’m a bit fussy in that approach.”

Bracksy: The place do you reside now.

Voight: “I’ve moved nearer to Barcelona. Nearer to the group. I’m going as much as Andorra about 4 or 5 instances a 12 months, if Jack is up there and Shane Stratton helps me out loads and lives there. It’s a very good place. I rise up there to disconnect. It’s good to be up there.”