Brechin teenager Ryan Watson will travel to Spain this weekend to compete in the Spanish CEV Moto 3 Championship at Catalunga.
Ryan (15), who has been racing motorbikes since the age of eight, started racing in the Scottish and British championships on Mini Moto bikes.
He won these championships and rapidly progressed to a bigger 80cc Metrakit bike which is the size of a 125 motorcycle and was again crowned British Champion.
In 2012 Ryan debuted in the British Superbike Championship on a GP125 and proved right from the off he had what it takes to go all the way in this prestigious form of motor sport.
Last year he had several podium finishes, including Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton and had great TV coverage on British Euro sport.
Over the last two years Ryan finished the BSB Championship seventh out of nearly 40 riders.
This year Keith Watson Ryan’s dad decided that the way forward for Ryan was to compete 2013 season in Spain on the big stage as Ryan has shown great maturity and the understanding that is required.
This weekend sees the start of the racing at the Grand Prix track of Catalunga.
Ryan commented that since October last year he’s been itching to get on his new bike as its “awesome”.
He said: “There has been a lot of work and money spent on the bike to get it competitive and my dad and Gordon Work of Brechin have been spending every night in the garage doing it themselves.
“I have managed one testing session in Spain but that wasn’t racing, more a test to get used to the bike.
“When it comes to practising I am at a slight disadvantage living in Scotland as I can’t just go out on track and practise due to the type of bike I race.
“Dont get me wrong it would be great to go to Spain every week but that’s just not possible.
“The CEV class is a stepping ground to the top class Moto GP as I will be up against top riders from all over the world from Germany, Australia, China, Italy and Japan.
“The majority of Moto GP riders came through the CEV class and look at where they are now.”
Ryan said its good to watch the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and especially Mark Marquez race on TV but he believes that he has what it takes to be competing in that class in the near future.
“The last couple of months has been very busy indeed for us as not only have we had the bike to prepare but had to organise our Team Truck to get us there and sleep in, team clothing, signage and everything else that goes with running a very competitive Race Team,” continues Ryan.
Keith Watson of WWR Racing (Watson Work Racing) would like to express his gratitude and thanks to all family and friends as without them and anyone else that would like to get involved, this would never happen.
“Special thanks to Gordon Work, Brechin, for all the hours spent on preparing and continually maintaining the bike,” said Keith.
“Mike Ingram for the painting off all our panels, INP Signs for all the sign writing of the bike, truck and team clothing, Janet Bruce for all the truck interior furnishings, Absolute Upholstery for the seating of truck, A&E Sales for supplying our oil, Ryan’s boots and gloves, Euan Milne Fabrications of Brechin for all the metal work, Mrs Nicoll, one of Ryan’s primary school teachers, and Gordon Campbell and Lockhart Campbell as great helping hands.
“And our main sponsors Framework Property Developments Ltd Brechin, Dave Street Oil and Subsea Fluids your continued support is very much appreciated.
“As you can tell we are very much looking forward to Taking on the World and you can be sure we will be flying the flag for Scotland this season.
“If you would like to be a sponsor or make a donation to Ryan contact Keith Watson 07939241152.”