Young li­ons roar ın BSB

The old guard, yes that means you Mr Laverty, are look­ing over their shoul­ders be­cause com­ing up fast is a string of fast, young tal­ent…

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WE HAVEN’T HAD a group of strong younger rid­ers com­ing through in BSB for a while so it’s re­ally re­fresh­ing to see the likes of Jake Dixon (21), Luke Mossey (24) and Bradley Ray (20) making an im­pact. When the same rid­ers are at the top year af­ter year I al­ways start to won­der if they de­serve to be there – look at Michael Laverty, for ex­am­ple, who’s al­ways had a good bike but hasn’t re­ally done any­thing with it. It’s right that the old guard are chal­lenged. Of the new or­der, the most im­pres­sive has been Luke Mossey be­cause he’s gone up an­other level this year, get­ting wins, lots of podi­ums and lead­ing the cham­pi­onship. And I love watch­ing Jake Dixon, who was sen­sa­tional at Knock­hill and did well at Snet­ter­ton where he came through from the back of the third row to fin­ish fourth. He had the pace, and had he got away with the lead­ers he prob­a­bly could have stuck with them. Bradley Ray has been on peo­ple’s radars since his first time in the Red­bull Rook­ies, but he’s al­ways flit­ted from cham­pi­onship to cham­pi­onship so fans might have over­looked how good he is. You can’t miss him in the pad­dock though – he’s a big, tall kid with crazy curly hair and a mas­sive pair of glasses so he doesn’t look like your stan­dard racer. He’s such a tal­ent – last year he won more races in Su­per­sport than any­one else – and he’s got a wicked rid­ing style. He doesn’t sling it down the road all the time ei­ther be­cause he’s so smooth, and it tells you some­thing when a 20-year-old out­per­forms a world cham­pion such as Syl­vain Guin­toli on the same bike.

Luke Mossey: up an­other level this year

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