Whilst many young people may be content with a day-to-day approach to work and their social life, Daley is dedicated to, and focussed on, making his long-term dreams come true.
Twelve years ago Daley started his career in Motorcycle Racing and he quickly gained respect and attention from his peers and officials alike as an up-and-coming star of the future – aged just 12!
A mature, calm nature and a professional approach have served him well throughout his career. Daley started racing in Junior Championships, which guarantees a hard and cut-throat race due to the do-or-die attitude of the fearless youngsters. Through the following years his confidence and experience have grown as he has developed and honed his race craft and skills. He has moved up through the ranks in the sport to be now competing at the front of international race meetings.
2010 & 2011
Moving to Northern Ireland for two seasons in 2010 Daley was able to fully immerse himself in his chosen sport in the “Home of Real Road Racing”. Achieving numerous notable successes he was delighted at being given an award by the Two Stroke Supporter’s Club in 2010 in recognition of being judged to have produced “The Best Non-Irish Performance on the Irish Roads Series”.
2012 & 2013
Moving back to County Durham in 2012 Daley set about building his own team and a Partner Portfolio to support his racing. Initially riding his own Honda CBR1000RR and Honda RS125, which were supplemented in 2013 by a Suzuki GSX-R600 provided by Hol-Taj Exports, he returned some excellent results. These included a 5th place finish aboard the Suzuki in the Newcomer’s A Race in his debut on the Isle of Man Mountain Course at the 2013 Manx Grand Prix.
The 2014 Road Racing season was probably the best of Daley’s career so far. At the beginning of the year the Honda was replaced by Hol-Taj Exports with a Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike. In August, Daley was delighted to win his first Grand Prix race, winning the Ultra Lightweight Race at the International Ulster Grand Prix – “The World’s Fastest Road Race” – on the Logan Racing Honda RS125. Showing great talent across the classes, he followed this with an extremely impressive 6th place finish on his Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Superbike Race at the same meeting, finishing two places in front of 8-times TT winner Ian Hutchinson riding the BSB Milwaukee Yamaha R1. He consolidated this with a tremendous 7th place finish in the Supersport Race aboard the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600.
2014 also saw Daley make his debut appearance at the the International Isle of Man TT. Daley returned the excellent first-time results of 35th and 41st in the Supersport races. And he was delighted to have achieved a best lap average speed in excess of 120mph at the meeting. At Aberdare Park in July, and riding the Hol-Taj Supersport bike, Daley was very proud to win the Welsh Open Championship.
All-in-all an excellent season of racing for Daley with no less than 21 podium finishes achieved, including 5 wins! Having had the best machinery of his career available to him in 2014 Daley clearly showed his talent, abilities and potential across the widest possible range of machinery available to road racers. He returned some quite exceptional results, on several occasions, against the sport’s top, professional riders demonstrating that he can compete very effectively against big-budget, factory-backed riders and teams.
In 2015 Daley competed on an ex-TAS Racing Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 full factory-specification Superbike alongside the existing GSX-R600 Supersport bike – both provided by Hol-Taj Exports/Team Classic Suzuki – and on which he gained some excellent results through the year. He had 11 race wins during the season and gained an excellent 9th place finish in the Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix. Injured in a no-fault incident at the North West 200, Daley unfortunately had to miss the TT but was delighted to qualify in pole position in 4 races at Scarborough’s Gold Cup meeting in September.