It has been a very busy week for the team at West Yorkshire based RS Racing.
Some incredible racing last weekend at Snetterton saw principle rider Ryan overcome a 33 point deficit to clinch the Thundersport GP1 Classic title at Snetterton, and now the team are celebrating the launch of their brand new club-level academy.
Not something commonly seen at this level, the RS Racing Academy aims to give young riders a professional team environment, alongside on track mentoring and sponsorship backing.
The academy have announced three riders for next season, all of whom will be riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300 on ContiAttack SM tyres in the Thundersport Superteen class.
Brothers Kieran and Christian Smith will be joined by Ellie Rowlinson-Coombs, all of whom have been recently answering questions from fans of the RS Racing Facebook page.
Following the academy announcement, principal rider and two-time Thundersport champion Ryan Strafford explained more:
“I wanted to start an academy for young riders to give something back to the sport I love so much.
Over the years I’ve seen riders struggle both financially and in finding the right career direction.
We’re looking forward to seeing academy riders benefit from being within a team environment where they can get guidance and education from various specialists who all have many years of experience in their respective fields.
Having Continental as a partner not only gives the students first hand experience in dealing with a global brand, and they will also be able to call on a wealth of tyre knowledge at each round which will hopefully give them that all important edge over their competitors!”
Continental’s UK Motorcycle Brand Manager Graham Matcham commented:
“Ever since motorcycles have been used for competitive sport Continental Tyres have manufactured products that meet racers needs for both performance and durability.
In 2019 we look forward to building on recent success in the UK club racing paddocks by working closely with new-to-racing youngsters at the RS Racing Academy.
We will be proud to be offering technical product support as Academy riders take first steps towards reaching their personal goals and ambitions.”
With the countdown to the 2019 season already underway, the work has already begun for this trio of promising young riders.
You can find out more about the full Continental race tyre range here.