Scottish youngster Skinner wins Spanish Moto3 ride

Published: 24 February 2015

Scottish youngster Rory Skinner will compete in the Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2015 after winning a coveted ride with British-based team Racing Steps Foundation for an assault on the Spanish based series. The thirteen year old Perth native will compete in the national Moto3 Spanish Cup, as well as selected rounds of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship.

The reigning Aprilia Superteens champion will join a fellow Scotsman in the squad, with Moto3 rider John McPhee remaining with them for his world championship campaign. The private, not-for-profit fund - which provides comprehensive support packages for promising, young British racing drivers and riders - will place Skinner with the highly-respected British KRP squad run by former racer turned team boss Mark Keen.

Skinner also won one of the limited places on KTM’s Red Bull Rookies series, and will race at eight rounds of the MotoGP championship in the one-make series.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "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."

RSF founder Graham Sharp said: "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."