Rider: Nikki Coates
Race Number: 65
Date of Birth: 15th Jan 1989
Place of Birth: Belfast, NI
First Race: Aughadowey – 2004
Race Starts: 125
Best Result: 1st
Nikki began his racing career in 2004 at the age of 15 and through his dedication and determination to succeed, has achieved outstanding levels of accomplishments. His impressive successes include multiple British Championship race wins, along with several hard fought for podiums and most notably, Nikki has also broken various circuit lap records during his short time in racing. Nikki’s dedication to his racing is unquestionable. During one season alone, he competed in the British, Irish, Spanish and World championships. This impressive feat helped Coates earn the esteemed title of Ireland’s ‘Young Rider of the Year’ for 2007.
2004 – Nikki began his racing career on a 125cc Honda in the Irish Championship; His debut year brought him impressive success though several race wins and podiums in Ireland and overseas at domestic level.
2005 – Due to the level of success he achieved in his debut year of racing, Nikki progressed to racing in the British 125cc Championship. After suffering a serious fracture to his leg caused from an accident during a race, Nikki was forced to sit out over half of the season. Through dedication to recovery, he returned to the championship in the latter part of the year; bringing the season to a remarkable close with an impressive top ten finish in the final race.
2006 – After making such a notable impact with his first two seasons, Nikki secured a 125cc British Championship ride with Team Banks Racing. During this time he achieved several hard earned top ten finishes. He also was given the chance to compete in the final Irish Championship race, where he set a new track record and won a place on the top step of the podium.
2007 – Team KRP and Nikki came together for the British 125cc Championship for this year. The partnership suited Nikki, proven in the two new lap records he set and the several podiums positions he secured. Highlights for the year include winning his home race in Ireland, and finishing a hard-earned fifth overall for the championship. Most notably however, Nikki’s hard work and impressive riding earned him the prestigious Ireland’s Young Rider of the Year award. The award brought Nikki and Team KRP not only the admiration of racing community, but the attention of the media throughout Ireland, The United Kingdom and Europe.
2008 – Nikki’s natural talent and determination saw him progress from the 125cc class to the 600cc British Superstock Championship. He adapted quickly to the 600cc machine and was dicing at the front of a class packed with 60+ riders. His ability to compete with the best saw a vast increase of television coverage and his aggressive and tenacious riding style on the bigger bike proved popular. 2008 finished with several podium finishes for Nikki, as well as continuing on with his streak of setting new lap records; this year at Brands Hatch.
2009 –Continuing his success competing on the bigger bike, he raced in the British Superstock 600cc Championship again. Raceways Yamaha this time where his team and he secured them several podium finishes.
2010 – Suiting the Yamaha Superstock 600 bike, Nikki added to the ever growing list of lap records under his name, with this year accumulating an impressive three in total. Alongside this accomplishment, he and team Magic Bullet successfully earned positions on a number of podiums including wins.
2011 – Proving that he is undeniably a determined and talented rider, it was only time before Nikki would take the next big step in his race career by riding in the prestigious and highly competitive Spanish Moto2 Championship. Riding for Team Motorrad Competicion, Nikki found himself as the only full time British rider in his class. Competing at such an esteemed level, Nikki was able to gain invaluable experience and information which has helped him improve his knowledge and hone his skills, giving him the competitive edge over his counterparts back in the British Championship. While it was an educational year, which brought Nikki constant positive improvement, he was also able to score points and often found himself ahead of ex-world championship riders. And impressive achievement in itself.
2012 – Returning to the British scene, Nikki was approached and signed to ride for the vastly experience Colin Appleyard Racing team in the British Supersport 600cc championship. Nikki progressed even more this year with top 10 finishes and working his way to fighting for podiums by the end of the season. In a class frequently suggested as the most competitive in British racing Nikki’s team felt he overachieved in his rookie year.