Time to back the Brits

“Trying to ensure the smooth operation of a race team as well as competing and trying to do the best you can is not the ideal situation”
A feature written by viewer Layla Williams. Do you agree? Leave your comments below.

As previously reported, the inaugural British Motostar (125cc and Moto) Championship shockingly almost began without reigning 125cc champion Kyle Ryde.

Despite being Britain's youngest ever road racing champion, Ryde struggled to find any sponsorship to support his 2012 "campaign and was forced to postpone his dreams of riding in the Spanish Championship.

Ryde's story is far from an isolated case. Many riders no longer have the luxury of simply focusing on training during the week and racing at weekends. Instead, more and more are seemingly becoming a team manager and sponsor first and a rider second.

Is it possible for these riders to race to their full potential with such distractions, never knowing whether they will get from one round to the next?

Tim Hastings, riding for 2012 with MWR Kawasaki in the Superstock 600 class has had such struggles in recent years.

“It does affect your preparation although everybody is different and as such will be affected differently,” he said. “Trying to ensure the smooth operation of a race team as well as competing and trying to do the best you can is not the ideal situation.

“Ideally a rider should be required to focus all his/her attentions on racing and leave the rest of the operations to team operatives. Without financial backing, many riders have no alternative but to run their own teams.”

A common gripe for British fans is the lack of home grown success in recent years at MotoGP level, but how will this ever change if young riders are not helped along by those that can; especially those who have proven their potential?

By contrast, it seems young Spanish and Italian stars can get the backing they need, which may have been the reason that the current crop of British grand prix riders - except Cal Crutchlow - saw a non-British championship as a better route into world championship racing. Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Danny Webb and Danny Kent all reached grand prix through the Spanish 125cc series.

This is not to say those Spanish and Italian riders don't deserve that support, but where those countries differ is they seem to see the potential from such a young age and then support them from their early development through to the end of their careers.

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Related Pictures

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Tim Hastings has signed for MWR Kawasaki in the National Superstock 600 class for 2012
Jack Kennedy and Taylor Mackenzie will ride for Team WD-40 in the British Superbike Championship
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Josh Waters on the Tyco Suzuki at Silverstone
Quattro Plant Kawasaki`s Dan Linfoot at Silverstone
Ryuichi Kiyonari leads Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes at Silverstone
Ryuichi Kiyonari celebrates his race two victory at Silvestone
Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Silverstone
Quattro Plant Kawasaki`s Dan Linfoot
Tyco Suzuki`s John Hopkins
Tyco Suzuki`s Josh Waters
Dan Linfoot
Ryuichi Kiyonari at Donington Park
Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Donington Park
Ryuichi Kiyonari
Josh Brookes came off the Milwaukee Yamaha in FP3 at Redgate
Ryuichi Kiyonari on the Buildbase BMW at Donington Park
Josh Brookes on the rostrum at Oulton Park

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Gixxer - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 3:35 PM

What a good artical, I personally think the ACU should do more, with having a feeder series and a team in GP's as the ultimate prize to get the british riders into the big time. However we are a Superbike nation, that has football as the main sport and hell to anything else. such a shame but thats the way it is.

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