Teen motorbike rider signs up for major racing team

Thomas Strudwick. Photo: Moto Rapido racing
Thomas Strudwick. Photo: Moto Rapido racing
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Littlehampton rider Thomas Strudwick will start a third year in the British Superbike support paddock, after putting pen to paper in a deal to ride for Winchester-based Moto Rapido Racing in the Honda Moto3 standard class for a second year.

Moto Rapido Racing are best known for running a Superbike team in the British Champonship but new for 2017 they are adding a junior team to their ranks, with Strudwick on board.

The team will be a combination of Moto Rapido Racing and Strudwick’s 2016 title sponsor, Horsham based Case Electrical.

Strudwick, 15, who attends The Littlehampton Academy, said: “I am super excited to be riding this coming year in the Motorstar standard class with the combined Case Moto Rapido Moto3 team.

“This is a dream year for me.

“I rode for Case Moto3 last year and cannot thank Lorne Case enough for supporting me again this year.”

Moto Rapido team owner Steve Moore added: “This is a new project for the team and I’m very pleased it’s happening.

“For a long time, I’ve wanted to mentor a young aspiring racer, so we are here to give them access to our Superbike staff as one team.

“We are really excited to have Thomas join us for 2017 and I’m confident we can make a difference both technically and professionally.”

Strudwick will have a team mate of strong notoriety, in American former MotoGP rider John Hopkins.

He is currently in Spain testing with the team.