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YEAR AWARDED

2023

MENTOR

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DATE OF BIRTH

04/02/2005

Jacob Roulstone is a motorcyclist who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2023 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Born in the small town of Jamberoo on the NSW south coast in 2005, Jacob has had a fascination with motorcycles ever since he could remember. Jacob pestered his parents almost weekly to have one of his own. Jacob had to ‘patiently’ wait until he could place both feet flat on the ground before he was allowed to ‘ask Santa’ for one. That came when Jacob was almost 5 years old and at 6 ½ he raced his first motocross race at his local club of Mount Kembla.

In 2015, at the age of 10, Jacob made the switch to dirt/flat track racing becoming a member of the Central Coast Junior Motorcycle Club and immediately started winning titles in this discipline. Throughout 2015 to 2018, Jacob won many titles across the Junior circuit including 2015 Casey Stoner Cup winner, 2016 Troy Bayliss Classic Champion, three-time Australian Junior Dirt Track Championship from 2016 to 2018 and five-time NSW Junior Dirt Track State Championship Runner-Up.

Midway through 2017, Jacob started road racing under St George Motorcycle Club, and decided that his goal was to race overseas for Australia. In this discipline, he continued to win races and titles, set lap records that still stand to this day.

In 2019, he was selected to compete in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup where he achieved several top ten finishes. By the end of the year, Jacob was offered the opportunity to race in Spain in the FIM European Talent Cup with Leopard Impala Junior Team.

His dream had finally come true, moving overseas to represent Australia in the sport he loved. Jacob, along with his mother Leah moved to Spain leaving his father and sister in Australia. Within two weeks of arrival, the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Jacob and his mother prevailed and were confined in a hotel in Spain for 105 days until the Championship eventually began in July 2020.

Throughout that year, Jacob learned a lot about living in a foreign country, working with the new team and competing against the Spanish (who dominate the sport) on tracks he hadn’t ridden on before.

In 2021, he continued to race with Leopard Impala and won the first race of the year in Estoril, Portugal. Making him the first Australian to have ever achieved this in this championship and winning it on Anzac Day made it all the more special. Jacob continued to perform well across the season, achieving many top 10 results, including the final round where he achieved podiums finishes across the two races for the round, capping off a wonderful year and time with the team.

In 2022 Jacob was selected to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and also joined Team Aspar and made the move into the FIM Junior GP World Championship moto 3 category. Whilst it had been a challenge to learn two new bikes, two new teams, along with new tracks across Europe, Jacob continued to train and work hard on his goal of racing in the World Championship.

“I feel very privileged to be selected for this scholarship and be amongst so many high achieving athletes. It means a lot to be supported and recognised by the committee for my achievements in my sport of motorcycle racing. All sports are expensive, especially at high level so the grant will assist me with some of my travel and training costs whilst in Spain, where I live part of the year.” – Jacob Roulstone on being selected as a 2023 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.

Honours & Achievements

  • 2016: Australian Junior Dirt Track Championship – Champion
  • 2017: Australian Junior Dirt Track Championship – Champion
  • 2018: Australian Junior Dirt Track Championship – Champion
  • 2019 – 2021: Illawarra Institute of Sport Scholarship
  • 2019: Oceania Junior Cup Round 1 Race 1 – 4th
  • 2019: Oceania Junior Cup Round 2 Race 1 – 2nd
  • 2019: Oceania Junior Cup Round 4 Race 1 – 1st
  • 2019: Oceania Junior Cup Round 4 Race 2 – 5th
  • 2019: Oceania Junior Cup Round 4 race 3 – 1st
  • 2019: Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Round 4 Race 1 – 6th
  • 2019: Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Round 4 Race 2 – 5th
  • 2019: Idemitsu Asia Talent cup Round 6 Race 2 – 6th
  • 2020: Hawkers European Junior Talent Cup Round 5 Race 1 – Aragon, Spain – 9th
  • 2020: Hawkers European Junior Talent Cup Round 6 Race 1 – Valencia, Spain – 7th
  • 2021: Hawkers European Junior Talent Cup Round 1 Race 1 – Estoril, Portugal – 1st (first Australian to achieve)
  • 2021: Hawkers European Junior Talent Cup Round 2 Race 2 – Valencia, Spain – 6th
  • 2021: Hawkers European Junior Talent Cup Round 7 Race 1 – Valencia, Spain – 2nd
  • 2021: Hawkers European Junior Talent Cup Round 7 Race 2 – Valencia, Spain – 3rd
  • 2023: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder

 

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