Moto Rapido Ducati confirm line-up

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Moto Rapido Ducati have completed their rider line-up for the 2010 with the signing of Brighton youngster Leon Hunt who will race in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 class.

The 21-year old, who has moved up from the Superstock 600 series where he stood on the podium in 2009, will join Scott Smart in the Winchester-based squad. Smart will contest the MCE British Superbike Championship in the new Evo class.

“I am very happy to be joining the Moto Rapido Ducati team for 2010. The Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship was an obvious next step for me on the way to British Superbikes which is where I want to be in the not-to-distant future,” said Hunt.

“I wanted to be in professional team this year and having someone as experienced as Scott Smart in the same garage will help me to learn the bigger bike a lot faster. The first test is in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to get out there.”

Team boss Steve Moore added: “We are delighted to have secured a young rider of Leon’s talent to step into Scott’s shoes in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship.

“This will be a steep learning curve for him but a lot of the development work Scott undertook last season with the bike should help Leon right from the word have every confidence in Leon’s abilities.”

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin