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Young riders excel at Silverstone trials

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

IN the run up to the British Grand Prix, three local riders were invited to Silverstone to take part in a series of events.

The young riders participated in a number of track runs and interviews with a view to selection for a new junior race class which will take place at various Grands Prix and World Superbike rounds.

Andrew Smyth, who is only in his second season of racing, is the current leader of the 300 Junior Cup championship.

Cameron Dawson, the regining minimoto and junior pit bike champion, was also invited. He is currently in second place in the championship in his rookie season.

Jamie Lyons, a former junior Moto cross champion, now turning his hand to the short circuit scene, and competing in the Young Guns series, and has already been on the podium on a few occasions.

These three gallant competitors were up against 120 other hopefuls for a place in the 20 rider class.

Fellow competitors, who had more experience and also were used to much stiffer competition on the mainland provided the lads with a daunting expirence.

However, the local lads managed to impress and got through the first two elimination processes, which also saw Dawson and Lyons having to ride a four stroke race bike for the first time.

The trio did themselves proud, and despite not making the top 20, they each gained loads of experience, both on track and from their time in the classrooms.

Cameron Dawson made his debut at Anglesly race circuit in Wales, after unofficial practice, Dawson acclimatised himself well to the circuit, but a seized engine looked set to bring the weekend to a rather abrupt end.

Thankfully, replacement parts were sorted, and there is every chance the Dungannon lad will be on the grid.

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