THUNDERSPORT GB’s Superteens class is set for an influx of riders as the new RS Racing Academy prepares for a three-pronged assault on the series in 2019.
Created by GP1 Classic champ Ryan Strafford, the development programme is aimed at providing youngsters with the expertise and skill sets they may need to climb up the motorcycle racing ladder.
Running for the first time in 2019, the development team will run three riders on Kawasaki Ninja 300s – motocross brothers Christian and Kieran Smith, as well as 16-year-old girl racer Ellie Rowlinson-Coombs.
Strafford feels that the new programme is a good way for him to give back to the sport, even if it has been a number of years in the making.
“There’s a lot that’s gone on behind the scenes, it’s been two years of me thinking and planning,” he told UK Clubsport.
“Racing has been so good to me and I don’t have kids other than the dogs, so I wanted to give something back. It’s going to be really good and we’ve got some great sponsors coming on board to help out.
“The Academy is going to focus on five main areas: rider mentoring, fitness and nutrition, media skills, sponsorship handling and education. We’ve got rider coaches coming in to give them tuition, to help them and build them so our three riders are going to get a lot of valuable information and seat time.
“Overall, our aim is to provide young British riders with a professional team environment and give them fundamental attributes essential to becoming a successful racer.”
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