Tom Booth-Amos turned heads at the British Grand Prix with a strong debut on the world stage, putting him on standby to replace Maria Herrera this weekend at Aragon and earning a test with the Platinum Bay Real Estate team.

Having overcome a technical issue in qualifying at Silverstone last month, which relegated him to the back of the grid, the 21-year-old was able to lead the second group home in a typically combative lightweight grand prix.

It was a strong showing from the runaway Motostar Championship leader and put him firmly on the radar of GP teams. While he will be watching from the sidelines this weekend, Booth-Amos had been lined up as a replacement at the AGR team if Maria Herrera was declared unfit after fracturing her collarbone.

Speaking in the Aragon paddock, the Shropshire native, who has won 15 of this year's 19 Motostar races, said: “I went straight from Supermoto to racing in the British championship and was, pretty much, on the pace from the start.

“It took me a few years to get to it, but I'm at the top of my level in England. It's getting a bit boring now because I'm that far in front at the moment. I want to be stretched and to show my potential.

"I came here with the chance to replace Maria but she will be racing this weekend.”

While Booth-Amos won't get the chance to ride this weekend, he will get the chance to test the Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM.

“I'll test with the Platinum Bay Real Estate team on Monday here at Aragon," he said.

"I've no idea what options are available for next year but I've been asked to come and do my thing. I'm feeling positive about the test but it'll be a challenge because I've never ridden around here.

"It's a new team, a new track but the bike isn't that different to what I ride in Britain. I need to show what I can do because this is make or break time for me as a rider.

“I'm 21 years of age, but I know that I can be at the front and I want to show that I can do it. I just want somebody to believe in me and put me on the bike. We're making steps to get there and Monday is obviously a big day for me.”

By Steve English


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