McPHEE AND ROGERS AWARDED MOTOGP WILDCARDS FOR BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Fraser Rogers in action

Fraser Rogers in action

Double Grand Prix ticket gives Brits chance to show off new KRP Moto3 bike in UK

Racing Steps Foundation backed Moto3 riders John McPhee (Oban, Argyll) and Fraser Rogers (Chippenham, Wiltshire) have been selected as the wildcard entries for next month’s MotoGP World Championship round at Silverstone.

The Silverstone ticket is 16 years-old Rogers’ first wildcard. The Wiltshire rider’s maiden Grand Prix nomination comes on the back of a promising international-class apprenticeship served in the CEV 125GP series last year and a strong showing in round two of the successor Moto3 Championship at Navarra last month where he finished sixth.

It is team-mate McPhee’s sixth card following his earlier selection to ride in the Catalunya Grand Prix at Montmelo next week (03 June). His previous appearances on the world stage were in the 125cc category in which he claimed World Championship points at Silverstone and Valencia last year.

The 17 years-old Scot – who, along with Rogers, rides in the CEV Buckler Moto3 Championship – has racked up a podium finish in each of the opening two rounds while both riders have qualified for front row starts on their Honda-powered KRP M3-01 machines.

Fraser Rogers

Fraser Rogers

The wildcards – the first to be awarded in the UK for the new-era Moto3 category – will provide British fans with their first sight of the KRP duo on the team’s own design-and-build bike which is attracting widespread interest in the paddock. “To pick up both wildcards for the British Grand Prix is great news for the Racing Steps Foundation, the team and British motorcycle racing,” said RSF motorcycle racing co-ordinator Peter Ball.

“It shows we made the right rider and team choices after we widened the Foundation’s remit to include motorcycle racing and that the rider development programme we put in place is producing the intended results.

“Our main aim is to develop a clearly defined and supported pathway to take the next generation of talented British racers to the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and in that respect these wildcards are a big, big help. They give the riders experience at World Championship level as well as much needed exposure.

“They also confirm that the RSF-backed KRP team and its new M3-01 bike is a British success story in the making.

“I think it’s fair to say we’re already a force to be reckoned with in the CEV Buckler Championship which has become the undisputed proving ground for the MotoGP riders of the future. The big problem is that with racing in Spain talented young Brits, like our riders, get overlooked back home in the UK. So the chance to demonstrate their talent in front of the international media, the British fans and potential British sponsors is a big plus.”

John McPhee

John McPhee

McPhee welcomed the wildcards saying: “It’s great to get the chance to compete at World Championship level again. I learned a lot last year and this will give me another lesson in what it takes to get to the top.

“The team has done pretty well so far with the new bike in Spain so it will be good to see how competitive we are when we’re up against the World Championship teams and riders.”

Rogers echoed his team-mate’s views. “MotoGP has been my dream since I started racing at the age of eight. So to get the opportunity to race in the Grand Prix at Silverstone in front of the British fans is the best news I could have hoped for.

“The new Moto3 formula and KRP bike have enabled us to take another big step forwards this year. It’s levelled the playing field with everyone having to start from scratch and so far we’ve managed to do a pretty good job. There’s still a fair way to go but we’ve improved round by round in Spain which is really positive, so hopefully we’ll be able to give a good account of ourselves when we get to Silverstone.”

The Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone on 17 June.

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