A case of beginner's luck

Published: 16 June 2004

A man who won a 999 has had to overcome one important hurdle to collect his prize - he hadn't got a licence.

Simon Trowbridge's Ducati was a prize from insurance firm Bennetts. it was even signed by WSB world champion Neil Hodgson. It took him several months and two test attempts, but now he's finally be able to ride his dream bike away from his local dealer, Riders of Bridgwater.

Simon only got into motorcycling last summer having never ridden a bike before, so when he got the call to say he had won this top of the range motorcycle he assumed it was a friend winding him up.

Managing Director of Bennetts, Matthew Gledhill, said: “On hearing that Simon is a novice biker with limited riding experience, Bennetts has also arranged for him to receive additional advanced riding tuition with P.R.I.D.E. It’s a powerful bike, especially for a novice rider, and we decided it was very important that Simon was well prepared and understood the full capacity of his bike before he took to the roads.”

Bennetts has also provided Simon with a year’s free insurance.

The word 'lucky' springs to mind.