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Born in Scotland in 1993, I was brought up in a small typical hard-working town, Blackburn, West Lothian between Edinburgh and Glasgow. My father Sco...
Born in Scotland in 1993, I was brought up in a small typical hard-working town, Blackburn, West Lothian between Edinburgh and Glasgow. My father Scott, a former British Superbike (BSB) Superstock racer, had me on a Yamaha PW50 from the age of 4 years old. My first road race was at the age of five on a Polini Steel Minimoto.
I raced Minimoto's up until the age of 12 years old before I raced mainstream motorcycles. First it was aboard an Aprilia RS125 modified for racing, which I raced in the Scottish and English Championships. Turning Pro at the age of 14 I stepped up to a GP125 machine. Over the years, prior to moving across the Atlantic Ocean, I completed in the British GP125 and Scottish GP125 championships and raced at the famous Jurby at Isle of Man circuit taking the lap record on the Aprilia.
I moved to Canada in September 2007 and attended my first race there at R.A.C.E., a regional series, at Shannonville Motorsports Park in Ontario Canada aboard a Honda RS125.
After racing in Canada for a season it was time to head south to the United States where I competed in the USGPRU’s GP125 Championship.
In 2009 I was selected to race in the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup but unfortunately the programme was quashed by the economic downturn. Fellow Scot, Angus Borland, then owner of RAT Racing, called and offered me a ride on the team’s Honda GP125 to continue racing in the USGPRU.
Within four short years I won two R.A.C.E. Pro GP125 Championships, Two CAN-AM Pro GP125 Championships, USGPRU GP250 (Under 30) Championship as well as earning a wildcard entry in the Indianapolis MotoGP GP125 class in 2009. I also raced at Indy during the 2010 MotoGP weekend in the USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H class.
My inaugural AMA Pro Road Racing season resulted in two top-ten finishes and a fourteenth overall placement in the 2011 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class.
Always looking for new challenges, I stepped up in 2012 to compete in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class aboard a Yamaha R6 with the Fogi Racing Development Team.
I started the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season with a personal best of 8th place in the 72nd running of the legendary Daytona 200 and I'm looking to continue my progress in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class this season.
Television coverage of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is now available on the CBS Sports Network across the US and in Canada through local cable, video telco providers and via satellite. Please contact your provider for availability. Programming begins Saturday, June 1 (2:30 p.m. ET) with a 30-minute preview show before live coverage of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (3:00 p.m. ET).
Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx, Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, GB Racing and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, Jerry Daggett, the fans and family.
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