ACU Team Green Junior Cup champion Elliot Pinson will return to defend his crown in 2017 after spiralling costs have forced him to sideline his Moto3 hopes.
The Swindon teenager put himself well and truly on the map of up and coming racing stars last year, as he took the title in his rookie season.
But he has revealed he has had to put his dreams of progressing to the British paddock on ice for this coming season, as he just can’t afford the cost of a Moto3 standard ride.
Instead, the 13-year-old has made the tough but perhaps sensible decision to stay where he is and defend his title, as he looks to garner support and sponsorship for 2018.
“We have been speaking to some BSB Moto3 standard class teams but in the end we just can’t afford it ourselves, “ he told UK Clubsport. “We’ve been working hard but we just haven’t been able to raise the sponsorship for 2017.
“Instead I am going to stay where I am and defend my Team Green Junior Cup title and see where we can go next year.”
The championship runs as part of the BMCRC programme and is renowned for its close action among some of the UK’s quickest young race aces.
Last year was Pinson’s rookie racing season, and after taking a couple of rounds to get fully dialled in to his machine, by the end of the season he had a 40 point lead going into the final race weekend.
He took the title in style with a win in the penultimate race of the year, and had his heart set on Motostar this year.
However, he is now thinking about another step up next year, and is interested in the route 2015 champ Alex Murley and 2016 runner-up Luke Hopkins have taken.
Both are heading off to pastures new this year as they tackle the inaugural FIM Supersport 300 World Championship series, and it’s something that’s caught young Pinson’s eye.
“It’s interesting to see Alex and Luke heading there and it looks like a really good series. I am now hoping that this new Supersport 300 class proves to be a big success.
“If it is, then hopefully it will get taken up and adopted by BSB. It would be great, because it should lower the costs a fair bit as we’d not have to buy the GP bikes we need for Moto3 Standard.”
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