BSB: Brad Ray passes CBT

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Bennetts British Superbike star Bradley Ray took his first steps to being able to legally ride on his own after completing his CBT last week.

Despite riding since he was four years old and racing 200+bhp superbikes every weekend, Ray had never ridden a motorcycle on the road so the guys at Suzuki UK stuck him on a GSX-R125 and took him to Wheels Motorcycles in Peterborough.

Unsurprisingly, he passed with flying colours and is now legal to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc on the road… with ‘L’ plates of course!

“I was four when I first rode a motorbike. I rode a minimoto in the garden and started racing at six and have been ever since, but getting my licence was something I’ve wanted to do,” Ray said.

“I wasn’t too nervous, but I felt a bit of pressure! Obviously I know how to ride a bike, but it’s being able to ride a bike to their standard. It sounds silly; I’ll go around a corner at 150mph but when they got me to do a figure of eight, I’ve never concentrated so hard in my life. The bike was mega though, was a lot of fun blasting around the roads on it. I’m coming back for my full licence – I probably don’t get as much chance as some to ride on the road with the racing, but when it’s a nice, sunny day and I fancy going out on the bike and going for a ride, I can.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing