Author: BSB desk

The Moto Rapido Ducati team have expanded for the forthcoming season, lining up on the Hel Performance British Motostar grid for the first time after joining forces with 15-year-old Thomas Strudwick.

Strudwick made his debut in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship paddock in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup, before progressing into the Motostar class. Now the youngster from West Sussex is looking forward to his 2017 campaign with the support of the Moto Rapido Ducati team.

Strudwick said: "I am super excited to be riding this coming year in the Motostar Standard class with the Combined Case Moto Rapido Moto3  team. This is a dream year for me and I can’t wait to start testing in Spain next month.  I rode for Case Moto3 last year and cannot thank Lorne Case enough for supporting me again this year.

“The Moto Rapido team has so much experience in the paddock and the team have welcomed me from day one.  I know this year is going to be a good season; I want to focus my attention and learn lots with the new team. Let's go racing!"

Team Owner Steve Moore commented: “This is a new project for the team and I’m very pleased it’s happening.  Thomas brings with him his racing team and family so he can be in familiar surroundings and to maintain their own programme with some fantastic support from his sponsor Case Electrical.

“For a long time I have wanted to be able to mentor a young aspiring racer, so we are here to give them access to our Superbike staff as one team. We are all really excited to have Thomas join us for 2017 and I’m confident that we can make a difference both technically and professionally for him.  .

“I’m very pleased that some of our own sponsors (Motul, Solent Scientific, R&G, HEL) have come on board with help for him too.  Hopper is very keen on this project to support our young talent and I’m sure Thomas can learn a lot from just being in the pit box and sharing some track notes – I know Thomas is excited to be Hopper’s team mate 2017.”