Who is Ben Gloddy?
Ben Gloddy is a 12-year old motorcycle racer from New Hampshire. Gloddy began racing at age four. He is a competitor in both Flat Track and GP Road Racing events across the Northeast. Last season, Ben competed at many differents events and series. In the NJ MiniGP series, Ben finished the season as the champion in the Pro 110 and Spec 110 classes and finished second overall in the Spec 50 class. In other various GP racing series, Ben finished the year with 16 wins and 30 total podium finishes. This past season was his first full season on the pavement and he learned a lot. Ben started his career in Flat Track Racing and rode a select schedule finishing with 7 wins and 13 podiums finishes. Ben is currently an instructor at the famed American Supercamp riding school.
Next season, Ben will be moving up to the "Adult" classes in Mini GP and will race in the Stock 100, Supermini, F2 and F1 classes. He will also be transitioning to a formal road racing bike, a Ninja Kawasaki 300. On the dirt Ben will start riding a Honda 250 Flat Track bike.
Aside from racing, Ben is a very good student and recently earned his Black Belt in Muay Thai Karate. Ben is also active in the community. Every year, he is involved in a fundraising event that benefits locals in his area fighting cancer. All of the funds raised go to the local hospital to assist patients with their financial obligations. Flat Track & Mini GP motorcycle racing is not for the faint of heart. At speeds of 75+ MPH, it tests ones grit and determination on a weekly basis. Even at such a young age, Ben tackles these challenges every weekend in hopes to make a career as a professional motorcycle racer.
Where it all began: Below: WVR May 2010
Ben's first time at a starting line!
First race ever at 4 years old!
Born during Laconia Bike Week 2005, it seemed almost inevitable that I would develop a love for motorcycles. When I was just a few months old, my Papa would sit me on his Harley with him in the driveway and together we would rev the engine. It wasn't long after that, he would take me for rides around the driveway. Then when I was 4 he bought a harness that attached to him and I and we hit the road! It seems my Grammy and Papa created a monster! For Christmas 2008, my mom and step-dad
decided to buy me a Polaris Sportsman 90 so that we would all trail ride together....the first words out of my mouth when I saw my Christmas present was; "Where is my dirt bike?" That wasn't exactly the reaction they had envisioned! They taught me how to ride it...I loved doing donuts! The following December, I asked them to sell the four-wheeler and buy me a dirt bike. After about a month they gave in and surprised me with my first dirt bike; a 2003 Honda XR 50. I rode it for the first time in March of 2010, it came very natural to me and I only tipped it over once that night I rode it. My first race was May 1st in Winchendon, MA. I cannot tell you how excited I was to have finished in First Place for my very first race! I rode the Honda for about another month and then asked if we could sell my it to purchase a KTM 50 like some of the other kids were racing. Finally, I had a bike I loved! From there, I moved onto a 2005 KX 65.
I currently dirt track a 2005 Honda CR85 and a 2007 CRF 150R.
For Mini GP road racing, I race a CRF 50 and two KLX 110's.
I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little bit about me.
Hope to see you at the races!!