The road to Moto GP is set in motion for young 13 year-old Wrekin College pupil Ross Turner. Ross hails from the small Shropshire village of Broseley which seems a million miles away from the high-tech, adrenaline fuelled world of international motorcycle racing, but this is the world young Ross has lived in for the past three years.
Starting racing at the tender age of six, it wasn't long before Ross was invited to race as a wild card in Spain and Italy. With a taste for the international side of the sport Ross then went on to spend 2015 racing in the Spanish Moto4 championship before moving onto the 250 moriwaki European cup.
Having reached the age of 13 Ross is now allowed to race a Moto3 Grand Prix spec machine and is competing every two weeks at British Super Bike events around the UK. He's having a great season so far finishing on a regular basis inside the top ten. Ross is in his rookie year having never raced on the big British circuits so it's all a learning process. Riding against much older lads some in their 20s doesn't seem to be an issue for him, neither do the speeds which regularly top 130mph. He's doing the sport he loves.
It now seems his talent is being noticed as Ross has now been invited to take part in the selection event for the British Talent Cup next month at the British Grand Prix. Ross said "I'm really excited to be invited as it's a real opportunity to move up to Moto GP". The BTC has been formed by the Moto GP and World Superbike organisers to take the best junior motorcycle racers in Britain and coach and train them to become the future GP or WSB stars. Under the guidance of former Grand Prix riders Alberto Puig and Jeremy McWilliams the top five will go on to race in the junior Repsol World Cup and then into moto GP. Ross Adds "it's going to be tough, I'm up against some very good riders, but I feel I'm ready and have already raced against some of them. It's going to be fun. I'm most looking forward to learning from Alberto and Jeremy as they have so much knowledge and experience racing at the top level".