THUNDERSPORT racer Jordan Rushby isn’t taking time out of competition to prepare for 2018 – instead, he’ll be tackling a winter series in the sands of Dubai.
The Yorkshireman’s 2017 season has been blighted by injury, machine issues and general misfortune that finally came to a head at Rockingham, where he officially called time on his 600 career.
A classified ad for his 600 Elite runner-up Yamaha R6 soon made its way to the internet just as the Geordie Shore stunt double headed to the showroom to collect a brand new BMW S1000RR.
And with big bike outings at Thundersport’s Anglesey and Oulton Park rounds under his belt, Rushby is now poised to launch an assault on the Emirates’ UAE Sportbike Championship, a five-round series run between November of this year and March of next at the Dubai Autodrome.
“You can never have too much time on the bike,” Rushby told UK Clubsport. “We’re doing it to gain more experience on the BMW ahead of next year’s full Thundersport GP1 campaign.”
“Hopefully we can also gain exposure and pick up a few more sponsors but at the end of the day, if it’s not fun then it’s not worth it. The boys in GP1 are quick, and it’s going to take every bit of seat time to fight at the sharp end where I want to be.”
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