D.O.B.: December 9, 1984
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 155 lbs
Residence: Tallahassee, FL
Hometown: Taupo, New Zealand
Hobbies: BMX, squash, mountain biking, golf, PWC riding
Ben Townley’s Bio
Townley began racing before most kids could ride a bicycle. It wasn’t long before he’d conquered everything the country of New Zealand had to offer. At age 16, when he decided to broaden his horizons, he secured a spot on a European race team, landing championships on three continents along the way.
When Townley joined Honda Red Bull Racing in 2008, it seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, Lady Luck had other plans for the then 23-year-old.
“I had just started with Honda and I was doing some testing to get ready for the East Coast Supercross series, said Townley. “I came up a little short on a jump, really hurting my leg. I had pretty extensive surgery on my heel, and the process just entailed a real long rehab. I probably had a good three months off.”
With his recovery complete, Townley expected to explode onto the scene as a serious contender in the outdoor Motocross season. Once again, Lady Luck would deal him a difficult hand.
“Right before the start of the Motocross season, and after working so hard to get ready to make a comeback, I had a crash in practice, really hurting my shoulder. I kept preparing and tried to be ready for the opening round, but when I took to the track at Glen Helen, I just felt I wasn’t strong enough. In the practice crash right before the opener, I did something to my wrist and I was totally weak on my right side. After the first two rounds we decided I needed some time off the bike to get healthy, and it had turned out that my shoulder injury was quite extensive. I had to have it operated on.”
Ben Townley’s Career Highlights
1st AMA East Supercross Lites Series
2nd AMA Motocross Lites Series
24th AMA Motocross Lites Series
3rd FIM MX1 World Championship GP Series
1st FIM MX2 World Championship GP Series
12 New Zealand National titles