TEEN rider Josh Barker will launch his inaugural short circuit campaign this season as he joins reigning championship-winning squad Mills Racing.
And the 16-year-old is hoping to soak up all the knowledge he can when he lines up with team boss and defending champ Gavin Mills.
Barker started out at the Champions Flat Track School with former British/European champ and TT veteran Pete Boast, while rubbing shoulders with the likes of Richard Cooper and the Neave twins, before taking up sand racing.
But for now, the sideways action will be on the backburner as the youngster looks to learn from his team-mates, including Blake Chapman, Gary Arden and Mills, the latter of whom bagged 13 of 19 race wins last year en route to the title.
“As a team, we decided to look for a two stroke 125 to race on the track,” said Barker. “Mills Racing and I had talked and they offered me a fantastic opportunity to ride one of their Honda 125GP machines with NG Road Racing.
“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career. Learning a new riding style is a challenge which I’m ready to face.”
“I would like to thank mum and dad for this opportunity, David Jackson for mentoring me and, most of all, Gavin Mills.”
*Image: Josh Barker