The British Championships trip across the Irish Sea proved highly profitable for two of the Academy's top road racers this weekend.

For the first time ever the BSB Championships staged a round at the Mondello circuit in Ireland. With hardly any of the BSB regulars having raced there before, 'experience' was to play no part in the results and the ability to learn a track quickly became the most valuable skill for the riders.

In the British Supersport Championship all eyes were on Honda's Karl Harris to repeat his domination of the race. However, this was not to be as Harris crashed out and left Stuart Easton to take the win. But the real celebrations came when 17-year-old Tom Sykes scorched home a brilliant second.

Academy rider Sykes was awarded the Octagon Motorsports Trophy for the Most Promising Academy Rider in 2002 and, now riding for Northpoint Racing, qualified an excellent third place behind Easton and Harris, the reigning and former British Supersport Champion - and determined to put on a good show.

In an action packed race the young star kept his head and brought his Yamaha R6 home for his best every Supersport race finish.

Already bursting with confidence, this victory is sure to propel the Yorkshire rider on to greater things and more podium finishers are certain.

In the GP125 race, another Academy rider, and another Tom, was also making a name for himself, with Tom Bridewell rapidly establishing himself as the top British 125 racer.

Aged only 14, Bridewell has already made his mark in the record books with a second place and a pole position - but sensationally went one better on Sunday with victory, by just 1sec, over John Pearson.

However, being 14 has also proved expensive, costing the young racer a chance to ride in the British Motorcycle Grand Prix: The FIM, World Governing Body of motorcycle sport, only allows riders aged 15 and over to take to the grid in 125 races.

Nevertheless, with the help of this pair and others, the Academy's mission of having British talent winning at World level looks to be getting ever nearer...

 

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