Rory Skinner will test himself against some of the world’s finest teenage riders after being selected to join the Racing Steps Foundation’s 2015 rider line-up. Thanks to the backing, the 13-year-old will compete in the RFME Moto3 Spanish Cup as well as selected rounds of the CEV Repsol Moto3 series which has now been granted FIM Junior World Championship status.
The Perth youngster has enjoyed a meteoric rise on his way to the international stage, winning no fewer than 12 national junior championships since 2010 including the Scottish and British Junior Production Minimoto Championships, as well as last year’s Aprilia Superteens Championship having won 17 of the season’s 34 races.
Skinner will follow in the footsteps of compatriot John McPhee who has established himself as a regular Grand Prix rider thanks to RSF support and hopes to justify the faith shown in him with his performances on the track.
“This is a dream come true. My parents have invested so much in me to get me to the point where I can make this step up to international competition with the backing of the RSF. I can’t thank either of them enough. Racing in Spain against some of the world’s top riders at this level will be tough. But I’m up for the challenge and hope to repay the faith the foundation is showing in me with a string of competitive rides.”
Skinner will have a busy 2015 season with Red Bull Rookies commitments forcing him to miss round five of the Spanish Cup. He will still be involved in the rest of the first six rounds before making his Junior World Championship debut at Navarra in October once he has reached his 14th birthday.
RSF founder Graham Sharp has given Skinner his full support and believes he has the potential to be Britain’s next Grand Prix star.
“Rory has shown in a short space of time that he has a winning mentality and is fully deserving of the foundation’s backing. We’re delighted to welcome him into the fold. We believe he has both the talent and the determination to make it all the way into MotoGP and an eventual full-time professional ride and we’ll be giving him all the support he needs to prove he’s capable of getting there.”