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…
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