As Ross Turner joins the third year at Wrekin College he can reflect on a very exciting holiday break which saw him racing all over the UK and moving up the standings in the British Superbike moto3 championship. With a handful of fifth and sixth places to his name he now stands eighth overall in the rankings with seventh only a few points ahead. A fine start to his Rookie year against older more experienced riders. Ross says he's thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the new tracks and breaking the 100mph average lap speed at Thruxton and tackling the challenging mountain circuit of Cadwell park have been the high points of the season so far. Next it's off to Silverstone to race the GP circuit.
At the end of August Ross faced his biggest challenge in his career so far, The British Talent Cup. With riders entering from all disciplines of motorcycle racing the judges from Moto GP and the CEO of HRC Honda Japan were looking for 22 of the best riders from the UK. With 100 shortlisted riders invited to the Stowe circuit at silverstone during the moto GP weekend the competition was going to be tough. Riders aged from 12 to 16 all had to race against each other on identical machinery so lap times and race craft were the judges' criteria. As each round ended riders would be cut and the remaining would move to the next stage. By the final selection 37 riders were within one second of each other. From this the judges chose the 22 who will race next season and Ross was one of the selected riders. This is a chance in a lifetime for the chosen riders as they will have instruction and training in all aspects of professional Motorcycle racing from riding to physical training and media. They will race at world Superbike events and Moto GP here in the UK and in Europe with the top five going on to form the base for the British talent team in the world junior moto3 championship.
Ross commented, "this is my path to Become a Moto GP rider, it was a very tough selection event and I had to give 110% all the time and I'm through. Now the really hard work starts. Doing the event and then being able to stay at the GP and meet the team managers and riders has been great but also to live in the environment and be behind the scenes has been a great experience. It has given me the focus and motivation to succeed."
We wish Ross a great season!