NEWLY crowned ACU 250GP National Champion and up-and-coming roads star James Hind will make race in this weekend’s HEL Performance British Motostar Championship races at Donington Park.
Hind will make his Motostar debut in the Standard class in a one-off ride on the Victoria House Academy Honda, offered to him by team owner Richard Mortimer as reward for his results this season.
Last weekend, the 19-year-old clinched the 250GP championship after a strong year where he banked 13 race wins from 16 starts.
And it came just a month after he shot to road racing fame when he smashed the Lightweight lap record on his way to taking two dominant wins at the Manx Grand Prix.
Now he is poised to swing his leg over Richard Mortimer’s machine to see how he fares as begins to make plans for 2020.
“I’ve offered him the chance to race at Donington as a kind of reward what he’s achieved this year,” Mortimer told UK Clubsport. “It’s just a one off in the Standard class but we’re expecting him to raise a few eyebrows.
“He’s never ridden a Moto3 bike but he’s well up for it and I genuinely think he will go well. He’s shown such potential this year, both on the short circuits and the roads – he could easily be the next Peter Hickman.
“I know James is already on a few lists for next year and I wanted to give him a chance to show everyone what he can do. I had the bike there and couldn’t think of anyone better to put on it.
“I’ve had some assistance from the guys at Microlise Cresswell Racing and we’re all set. This is my way of sort of putting him in the national shop window and giving him the chance to show people who he is and what he is capable of.”
The teenager admits he can’t wait to hit the track for the first time on Friday morning, but insists he is putting no expectations on himself, other than to learn and have fun.
“I’m really excited because I love riding the small bikes,” he said. “I’ve never ridden a Moto3 machine before so I’m going to be a bit in at the deep end, but it will definitely be interesting.
“I do wonder if I may be a little too big for it, but I’ll give it a go and try the best I can. At this point I’m not setting any goals or aiming for anything other than to enjoy it and take the weekend as it comes.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I just want to say massive thanks to Richard for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”
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