Princeton teen takes road racing circuit by storm
PRINCETON, KY-- Much like other sixteen year olds, Jake Lewis likes to relax, tweet, and watch television. But a quick trip to his basement shows he's not your average teenager.
"Quite a bit of trophies down here," said Lewis as he walked down the stairs. "I started racing when I was four years old, and we just started collecting trophies when i was a little kid, and as you can tell it's been a successful career so far for me."
Bobby Lewis recalls how his son's love for motorcycles started twelve years ago.
"We were at a race, and the kids were out riding, and he said, I can beat those guys. I said, son you can't even ride a motorcycle. Two weeks later he practiced for a week and wanted to go racing. So, needless to say he wasn't as fast as he thought he was then," explains Bobby Lewis.
But he's pretty fast now. In his first season as a professional road racer, Lewis is currently first in the standings as a rookie.
"I'm definitely under a lot of pressure, but I know I seem to handle it pretty well," admitted Lewis. "It's definitely going good for my first pro season, getting three wins and nine out of eleven podiums have been pretty cool."
Even though he's won several national championships, and was honored as the best road racer in the country last year, Lewis says he never forgets his roots.
"Being from a small town like Princeton, Kentucky, you've got the whole communty supporting you, and cheering after you everywhere you go," Lewis said. "And everytime you get back, they ask you how you do, and where you finished up, and it's definitely pretty special, coming from a small town like this and making a big name for yourself."
In the end, Lewis' dream is to become a Moto GP world champion. Not an unreachable goal, considering everything he's accomplished by the age of sixteen.