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Chances are you’ve never heard of 15-year-old Ned fromMel­bourne in Aus­tralia, but you should keep an eye out for him. Hav­ing fol­lowed Casey Stoner’s path to glory by wrap­ping up count­less vic­to­ries in dirt track racing, the ca­pa­ble Aussie turned his hand to road racing last year and rounded off his first sea­son with a test for Mo­toGP’s Red Bull Rook­ies. We asked him for his take on the Suzuki Asian Chal­lenge.

“I’ve been racing dirt track com­pet­i­tively since I was four years old. I love it, but my friend Josh Waters (as in the one of BSB fame) got me into road racing last year and I’ve not looked back since. The thing I like about road racing is the speed of it all and the bat­tling with rid­ers. Un­for­tu­nately, the competition in Oz is a bit dry, so we de­cided to start look­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally to up my game and the SAC has proven that per­fect fix.

“It wasn’t so sim­ple to get in, though. I was lucky to have Josh bang­ing on Suzuki’s door for me, vouch­ing that I had what it took. It’s been a huge learn­ing curve. These rid­ers are very fast and aggressive. I’ve had to adapt to their style, which is a lit­tle crazy at times. Ev­ery­one pushes hard and safety is the last thing in ev­ery­one’s mind. Still, that’s just the way it is and it’s not re­ally done me any harm. This week­end I man­aged to lead the race which was pretty awe­some. I’m where I want to be, with the plan be­ing to come back again next year and win the se­ries.”

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