MANX royalty is heading for the British club racing ranks as Illiam Quayle, son of Isle of Man TT winner and rider liaison officer Milky, joins up to Thundersport GB.
The 14 year old from Onchan looks set to make the step up to full-size machinery as he prepares for an assault on the famous Superteen grid aboard a KTM RC390 this season.
After winning the Isle of Man Junior Pit Bike Championship in 2016, Illiam crossed the Irish Sea to take on the best in Britain as he tackled British Mini Bike series this past year with a highest finish of third to add to his back-to-back IOM titles.
With his dad’s Manx Grand Prix and TT-winning pedigree behind him, the younger Quayle looks set to ruffle a few feathers in his first competitive step up to ‘bigger’ bikes.
“I’m really excited for Thundersport and about everything next year,” he told UK Clubsport. “I can’t wait – it’ll be my first time on bigger tracks so I’m really looking forward to it.
“We’ll definitely be at the first round at Donington, then hopefully just do as many rounds as we can.
“This year I’ll just take it all as it comes. We’ll see how everything goes after the first few rounds and then go from there.”
Asked if he’d be tempted to follow in his father’s footsteps, the youngster admitted he may very well be enticed into road racing and the Manx Grand Prix or TT in the future. But for now, he’s says he’s just savouring the on-track experiences.
“At the moment, I’m enjoying the short circuits… I wouldn’t mind having a go at the roads but I don’t think my dad would let me!”
Well we got the word from Milky himself – stay tuned tomorrow as we discover how the Mountain Course maestro feels about his son following suit…
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