Jake ready to step up to big-time cham­pi­onships

Sunday Sun - - Basketball -

DURHAM mo­tor­cy­cle racer Jake Hop­per has punched his ticket to the big time af­ter re­veal­ing a step up to the Bri­tish Ju­nior Su­pers­port cham­pi­onships this sea­son.

The 14-year-old is set to join NP Mo­tor­cy­cles on a brand new Kawasaki 400 when the BSB sup­port se­ries roars into life in less than three months’ time.

Hop­per, who fin­ished sec­ond in the ACU Na­tional 125GP cham­pi­onship this past sea­son with NG Road Rac­ing, will have to get re-ac­quainted with a four-stroke ma­chine af­ter spend­ing all of 2018 on a grand prix two-stroke.

But his team boss Neil Pear­son be­lieves he’s young enough to get back up to speed on the Ninja, a slightly big­ger ver­sion of the 300 he rode in the 2017 Thun­der­sport GB Su­per­teens se­ries.

“Jake isn’t shy of get­ting the throt­tle on and bat­tling, so it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting com­fort­able on the bike,” Pear­son told Burn­ing Rub­ber.

“We’re off to Spain at the end of Fe­bru­ary for a three-day test at Guadix, and af­ter three days on it I think he’ll be al­right.

“Jake is a good lit­tle lad, he can’t wait to get on it and we’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to the sea­son now.”

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