The young 'Flying Scotsman' as he's become known in the paddock, is to compete in 2015 Spanish Cup and Junior World Championship
Reigning Aprilia Superteens motorcycle champion Rory Skinner (from Perth in Scotland) not only bagged a scholarship place in the prestigious Red Bull Rookies series that supports MotoGP, but has now been selected to go a 'step' further and join the Racing Steps Foundation's rider line-up for a two-pronged international Moto3 campaign in 2015 too!
The 13 years-old Scot has won the RSF's backing to compete in the national RFME (Royal Spanish Motorcycling Federation) Moto3 Spanish Cup and selected rounds of the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) Moto3 Junior World Championship run by MotoGP rights holder Dorna.
The teenage tyro - who racked up 10 Pole positions, coverted into 26 podium finishes including 17 outright wins In the 2014 Dunlop Aprilia Superteen Challenge at ThundersportGB - will join Moto3 World Championship front-runner John McPhee (Oban, Scotland) on the RSF's motorcycle racing roster.
The private, not-for-profit fund - which provides comprehensive support packages for promising, young British racing drivers and riders - will place Skinner with the highly-respected British KRP squad run by former racer turned team boss Mark Keen.Skinner will race KRP-Honda and FTR-KTM 250cc singles in the two lightweight class series.
"This is a dream come true," said Rory, "My parents have invested so much in me to get me to the point where I can make this step up to international competition with the backing of the RSF. I can't thank either of them enough.Racing in Spain against some of the world's top riders at this level will be tough. But I'm up for the challenge and hope to repay the faith the foundation is showing in me with a string of competitive rides."
RSF founder Graham Sharp said:
"Rory has shown in a short space of time that he has a winning mentality and is fully deserving of the foundation's backing. We're delighted to welcome him into the fold. We believe he has both the talent and the determination to make it all the way into MotoGP and an eventual full-time professional ride and we'll be giving him all the support he needs to prove he's capable of getting there."
Thundersport GB Marketing Director Syd Richard-Day says:
"The Aprilia Challenge has always been one of ThundersportGB's major flagships & we are proud to field what is STILL even after all these years, the most successful one make series in the world. We are firmly committed to bring our young talent to the fore in the UK as economically as possible and I have to say, with success stories like Rory Skinner amongst many others, it feels every bit as inspirational now as it always has done..."
APRILIA CHALLENGE 2015
Series co-ordinator IN Competition run by Ian & Myra Newton, continues to bring The Aprilia Challenge to Thundersport GB for the 8th year running here at ThundersportGB, although it has to revealed they've actually had full charge of Superteens since the mid nineties at MRO & BSB, before bringing the series to Thundersport GB in 2008.
Many thanks to: Aprilia UK, Dunlop Tyres, Nitro Motorcycle Safety Wear, Lexham Insurance, Black Horse, Bridgestone Tyres, Scott & Stinson Engineering & Fuchs Silkolene Oils, all for their long standing and generous sponsorship along with new support from Avon Tyres that avails TV Coverage for both The Aprilia Superteen Challenge AND The Aprilia RRV450GP Challenge, which will continue to enjoy a 90 minute show for 2015 on MotorsTV (now on terrestrial FreeviewHD in the UK in addition to the traditional satellite and cable platforms) AND the Thundersport & Aprilia i-players. In fact, Thundersport GB fans can look forward to 45 hours of racing action from the series over the course of the season!
Both Aprilia championships still dish up simply the best motorcycle racing to be witnessed anywhere in the world, automatically creating a steep learning curve and a high profile youth development opportunity for the youngsters to get noticed, gain their own sponsorship, begin their careers and live out their dreams.
Most world championship Brits (and some other nationalities) cut their teeth in Aprilia Superteens and now with what has become the natural transgressional step onto an Aprilia RRV450GP machine before venturing forth to bigger machinery, there has never been a better time to start racing with such a bonafide platform available to plan their motorcycle racing route.
Ian (a very successful rider in his own right) has his IN Competition 'Aprilia' truck at every round, so there is plenty of advice and indeed spares on hand to help you in your plight to stay on track and get the best possible value-for-money racing right from the tender age of only 12 yrs old!
Ex British Superbike Evo Champion Steve Brogan said:
"Aprilia Superteens set the stage for me and many more that went much further than I did, ie Casey Stoner & co..."
Ex British & World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson said:
"What a great championship to get the young kids into racing. It's got my support. Good luck for 2015"