Get­ting a taste for it

Rutter’s young gun gets his first test on the Su­pers­port 300 bike

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2017 YAMAHA YZF-R3 HAR­RIS BEECH BRITISH SU­PERS­PORT 300

found to bor­row I’ve I’d rid­den grown a pair a friend’s out of I Rac­ing my day riding GOT my of ACU at dad’s! my KTM as Don­ing­ton MY Yamaha leathers li­cence I needed first RC390 taste on test. over so to Cup the I – of It only win­ter as prac­ti­cal was the bike, it did was, Bathams a so so very as I had part we had much cold an of idea on max­i­mum be­fore what that to speed ex­pect, is a of MiniGP 70mph. but the bike, The big­gest with Yamaha 12in bike wheels I’ve on 17s spent and and time a mak­ing I got com­fort­able more than 100mph on it pretty was quickly, a big ad­just­ment. al­though I think it will take me a while to use the best of the brakes – the minibikes don’t need good brakes, so they’re not that sharp. The Yamaha might look ba­sic next to Michael’s BMWs in the work­shop but they felt sen­si­tive to me. It also took me a while to get used to the size of the track, too – it’s twice as wide (or more) than the tracks I’m used to rac­ing on, so I’ll have to make sure that I use it all and carry the speed. I did start ad­just­ing pretty quickly, though – I was sup­posed to be tak­ing it easy but I was soon go­ing faster and tak­ing a stab back at peo­ple who’d over­taken me ear­lier... It’s mad to be out there, rac­ing in Michael Rutter’s team with the sup­port of Bathams. It means so much and it’s not the sort of thing I thought would hap­pen to me. It means the dif­fer­ence be­tween rac­ing or not – we just didn’t have the money for a bike and all the en­try costs, so I wouldn’t be rac­ing if it wasn’t for them. They’ve been great to be in­volved with – there’s no pres­sure on me so far; this year is about learn­ing the tracks and what Michael can teach me ( the sec­tion on grid girls might be best left un­til you’re 18 – CN), then if they still want me for 2019 that will be the year for get­ting re­sults. Al­though I’m mov­ing into the class along­side Lewis Jones, who won the MiniGP cham­pi­onship the year be­fore I did, so my first tar­get will be to beat him. And then as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble...

Har­ris says the brakes will take some get­ting used to

He’s sad­dled with the novice bib for 10 sep­a­rate race days. But hope­fully not his dad’s leathers... STORY SO FAR Bathams Rac­ing pro­vide the funds, Rutter pro­vides the wis­dom and the team, and backs a lo­cal hot­shot kid in Brit Su­pers­port 300.

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