AIDEN Patmore believes he can be at the sharp end from the word ‘go’ as he Bemsee’s 400cc ranks to the Clubman 1000 championship.
The Rookie Formula 400 title winner, whom UK Clubsport readers voted Newcomer of the Year for 2017, initially revealed plans to enter the hotly-contested BMCRC Powerbikes Championship.
But after internal team discussions, Patmore recently announced he would instead learn the big bike craft with a year in the second-tier Clubman category.
The 20-year-old will contest the entire Bemsee championship aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R, on which he says he’s confident he’ll be able to cause the front-men trouble.
“The end goal is to be racing 1000s, so I figured I’d make the jump now instead of going down the 600 route,” he told UK Clubsport. “More and more younger riders are moving up so I needed to do this sooner rather than later.
“We’re hoping to get up to speed fairly quickly, but this may be easier said than done. I think I can adapt to the bike and I’ve given myself this year to make it happen.
“I’ve entered the Clubman championship so if we get off to a good start we’ll look to try and fight for this championship… but I also want to run at the sharp end of the Powerbike grid. We have MSS Kawasaki and SW Roofing on board now, so it’s all coming together.
“If all goes to plan we would like to go racing with some other clubs to broaden the amount of tracks and people we race. We think we can be running at the front from the off, so we’re going to see what happens.”
*Main image: John Manclark
*Side image supplied by Aiden Patmore