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Mel Pocock, European Champion on the YZ250F as well as being Great Britain’s number two in the MX2 class.
The twenty year old from England’s south coast was thrown into the deep end as a teenager during the 2009 to help the British team with an injury problem. It was a tough but important Grand Prix baptism for Pocock who showed signs of progress and continued to learn throughout 2010. Taking a break from the international scene to focus on the competitive British stage in 2011, Mel was able to build his confidence and dedicate himself wholly to the high physical demands of the sport.
A new training regime and re-acquaintance with Dixon and Yamaha for 2012 immediately began to pay dividends with a winning start in the national series. Pocock swiftly found himself a Grand Prix runner on the YZ250F as an emergency replacement but the measure of his development was clear with strong top ten results from the opening round and four other promising appearances. It was in the European spotlight that Pocock had his sights firmly set for the season and his results were nothing short of superb with six victories in seven rounds for Yamaha’s first EMX2 title in the Grand Prix feeder class since 2009. ‘119’ earned his factory ride for 2013 with aplomb, and his easy-going and cheerful manner means he will be a lively Yamaha representative this coming campaign.