Resides: Galway, Ireland
Hobbies: Trials Riding/ Anything on 2 wheels
Bike Used: BMW F800R/ BMW G 310 R
Ranked fifth in the world at Street Bike Freestyle Riding in 2008 and 2009, Mattie’s presence at events such as the Annual BMW Motorrad Days Garmisch Partenkirchen, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC Birmingham and countless Motoring events throughout the World have been warmly welcomed by his growing fan base.
The 39-year-old from Galway (Ireland) works hard to entertain his audiences, training for two hours a day on his BMW F 800 R’s & BMW G 310 R developing new moves and keeping up to scratch with his signature tricks. It’s a dream job for Mattie, whose motorcycling career began at an early age – thanks to an enthusiasm for trials riding and talent for mechanics.
Building and maintaining the bike in his workshop is almost as enjoyable as honing his stunt-riding skills and gave the young motorcyclist greater confidence in his abilities. “I’ve been doing mechanic work since I was very young boy with my dad in his workshop and I have always enjoyed working on motorcycles in particular. It can take months to complete the perfect stunt bike, lots of parts have to be made especially for the bikes so you can’t just pop down to your local DIY store, and it can take time to get over teething problems in the beginning, and before you feel at one on your new Stunt Bike.”
It didn’t take very long after he decided to start stunt riding, before he was spotted by BMW Motorrad Manager Conor McRory at the Irish Motorbike Show in Dublin in 2004. “Conor saw me perform and was pretty impressed by my riding skills. From there, I carried out some demonstrations at numerous BMW events on different BMW motorcycles and was introduced to the BMW Motorrad team.”
Happily, stunt riding is now a full-time profession for Mattie. Most of his week is spent training, practising, preparing his BMW Motorcycles for shows and working in his home office in Galway.
In the Beginning…
Mattie has been riding bikes since a very young age of 6, in particular trial bikes. In 2004 Mattie decided to try his hand at motorcycle stunt riding. He built his first stunt bike from an old Honda CBR 900 Fire Blade.
Mattie showed great ability by winning the first competition he entered in Ireland. From there he decided to enter the World Stunt Riding Championships in the Czech Republic in June 2004, he came in 14th place out of the World’s top 50 riders. After this competition Mattie built a new stunt bike from a 01 Honda CBR 929 Fire Blade.
Mattie went on to perform at numerous shows such as The Entertainment on the Prom at the famous Isle of Man TT in 2005 2006 and 2007. The RDS Motorcycle Show in Dublin 2005, 2007, 2009. The Ulster Grand Prix 2005 through to 2009, and many more car/ truck/motorcycle etc. events throughout Europe.
In December of 2006 Mattie finished building his KAWASAKI ZX636, Mattie then went on to compete in the European street bike motorcycle freestyle championships in Amsterdam Holland in late 2007 where he came in 7th place out of 59 entries.
In the spring of 2008 Mattie travelled to Zurich to better his ranking where he secured 5th place World ranking.
Mattie returned to Zurich on a Suzuki in the spring of 2009 and retained his 5th place World ranking. His strong and loyal fan base continues to grow on a daily basis. Why not follow Mattie now on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or you could subscribe to Mattie’s newsletter now to keep you up to date on all his events…
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