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Anthony Rogers to race in Spanish Championship

Anthony Rogers to race in Spanish Championship

Anthony Rogers to race in Spanish Championship

Anthony Rogers is the latest upcoming British motorcycle racer to benefit from a scholarship ride, funded by Dorna, the commercial rights holders to the World MotoGP and the Bennetts British Superbike Championships, to race in the final two rounds of the Spanish 125cc Championship.

The 16 year old from Smallburgh, near Norwich, has impressed Dorna executives with a series of strong performances in the ACU Academy Cup, which is in effect a championship within the main British 125GP Championship.

Rogers has ridden for the KRP Team, enjoying in a busy season a ‘wild-card' entry into the British 125cc Grand Prix, and shown a high degree of consistency, with top three results in all but one of the races that he finished.

"It was really hard work because you were riding for both the Cup and the main championship and that meant you were riding against older people with more experience as well as the young talent," said Rogers.

"I was second in the Cup in the first round at Brands Hatch, and ran fourth overall – that was a little unexpected but proved what I could do. Then in the main race at Mallory Park I was second overall and won the Cup category there, and also won the Cup at Snetterton."

Those performances took him to the ACU Academy Cup title, finishing seven points clear of Dean Hipwell, and also to tenth place in the overall rankings.

"We found that Anthony had all of the qualities we look for in a young rider who has the ability to climb to the top in his sport – he is attentive, works hard and is keen to learn. Add to that his natural talent, and we believe that he can succeed, beginning with the two races in Spain which he will enjoy as the reward for winning the Cup," said Tony Partis, the Managing Director of Dorna UK.

"Anthony will be the latest rider to benefit from Dorna's valued input into British Championship racing since 2004 and we hope that he can follow in the footsteps of Bradley Smith and make a real success in Spain, en-route to Grand Prix," added Stuart Higgs, the Race Director of the British Superbike Championship.

Rogers travels to Spain to next month, to race in the final two rounds of the Spanish 125cc Championship, a series regarded as the toughest and most competitive outside the World Championship, with the races at Valencia on 19 November and Jerez on 26 November. Before that, he will be on stage at the International Motorcycle Show, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Wednesday 1 November to receive his ACU Academy Cup trophy.

125cc, 2006

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