Who is Ben Gloddy? Ben Gloddy is a 16-year old professional motorcycle racer in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup Series. Ben began racing motorcycles at the age of four. He is a competitor in Road Racing, Flat Track and Supermoto events across the United States. He has competed at various events and series against some of the top riders in the country. At the start of the 2018 season, Ben was selected to participate in the Penguin Racing School Mentor Program and became the youngest licensed expert rider in the Loudon Road Race Series history, in addition to being awarded the 2018 Vanson Leathers Rookie of the Year. Ben is a frequent instructor at American Supercamp, Penguin Racing School and NEMM/NHF Supermoto School. Aside from racing, Ben is a very good student, has earned his Black Belt in Aiki Kempo Karate and is an avid Downhill Mountain Biker. Ben is also active in the community, annually participating in two fundraising events that benefit locals in his area fighting cancer and recovering from heart transplants. All of the funds raised go to local hospitals to assist patients with their financial obligations.
Professional street bike motorcycle racing is not for the faint of heart. At speeds of 100+ MPH, it tests ones grit and determination on a weekly basis. Even at such a young age, Ben tackles these challenges in hopes to make a career as a professional motorcycle racer.
Where it all began: Born during Laconia Bike Week in 2005, it seemed almost inevitable that I would develop a love for motorcycles. When I was just a few months old, my Papa would sit me on his Harley in the driveway and together we would rev the engine. It wasn’t long after that, he would take me for rides around the driveway. Then when I was 4, he bought a harness that attached me to him and we hit the road! It seems my Grammy and Papa created a monster! For Christmas 2008, my Mom and Step-Dad decided to buy me a Polaris Sportsman 90 four wheeler so that we could all trail ride together….the first words out of my mouth when I saw my Christmas present was; “Where is my dirt bike?” That wasn’t exactly the reaction they had envisioned! They taught me how to ride it…I loved doing donuts! The following December, I asked them to sell the four-wheeler and buy me a dirt bike. After about a month they gave in and surprised me with my first dirt bike; a 2003 Honda XR 50. I rode it for the first time in March of 2010, it came very natural to me. My first race was on May 1, 2010 in Winchendon, MA. I cannot tell you how excited I was to have finished in 1st Place for my very first race! I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little bit about me – see you at the races!!