To All Fellow Trial Riders,
As most of you all know, in 2008 I completed a full World Championship season riding alongside the Italian Future Trial Racing Team, with the help of Karl Clark as minder/mechanic, in which I competed in Europe, America and Japan. At the end of the season I had a world ranking of 10th in the youth 125cc under 18 class.
In 2011 Karl and I plan to return to the World Championship scene in Europe. My ambition is to contest in the 2011 World Championship as well as retaining my New Zealand, Australian and Oceania titles if possible. We will be going at the beginning of May 2011 and we will be based in Florence, Italy and we will ride as part of the Top Trial Team. We will be based there for three months.
It isn’t an easy process trying to find a major sponsor and there is a lot of behind the scene organising to do. With support from Karl (minder/mechanic) who is familiar with the European scene from 2008, Georgina (Manager), Debbie (Co-Manager) and my parents Pat and Michelle I am fortunate to have a fantastic team on board that is willing to help out in any way possible.
To make this all possible the team need to raise $70,000 to be able cover the cost of joining the Top Trial Team. Depending on how much I am able to raise will determine the length of time we will spend overseas and how many events I will participate in. If we are only able to raise a part of this amount then we would be looking at competing in a selection of world championship events. This would also give me a decent head start for the following year in 2012, as I would be well prepared and aware of the challenges that I will face and the competition I will be up against, also if all goes to plan some great results. This will also put New Zealand on the map in the world scene of trials and will make it easier for the up and coming youth to participate in teams overseas in the future.
I would appreciate your support to help me compete against the world best in 2011 and would appreciate any donations you could give. If you would like to help us out in sending myself and Karl to Europe for the 2011 season you can contact me any time by mail, phone or email.
If you wish to deposit a donation direct, here are my bank details:
Account Name: Jake Whitaker Fundraising AccountAccount No: 12 3142 0136556 01
Or please post to:Jake Whitaker, PO Box 42 112 Homedale, Lower Hutt 5049, Wellington
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my sponsorship appeal and to help me make it possible to achieve my dream of being world number one.
International Moto Trials Pilot