Mel is a shining example of how it’s possible to ‘come back’ in life….even if it has already kicked your ass - and the guy is still only twenty years old!
As a promising teenage rider, Pocock was thrown into the gnarly world of Grand Prix racing for two seasons in the late 00`s but sometimes struggled to score points.
A break from the international spotlight in 2011 gave him the chance to forge a strong alliance with fellow Monster Energy athlete Tommy Searle, along with his renowned trainer Kirk Gibbons, which saw Mel swiftly begin to turn his fortunes around.
In 2012, the now-fearless and occasionally-ruthless rider won six from seven rounds - claiming the MX2 European Championship. A few GP wild-card outings and top ten finishes also showed that he was on the right path and deservedly earned another world championship shot on a works Yamaha for 2013.
Definitely one to watch, the big irony about Mel is that for his speed and aggression on the track, he is thoughtful and immensely friendly once the engine-stop button has been hit.