Bradley Ray enjoyed two fourth places at round nine of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup, at the picturesque Brno circuit in the Czech Republic this weekend. After battling hard in difficult conditions in race one and fighting till the death in race two.
The weekend got off to a great start for the youngster after topping the first free practice on Friday morning, and finishing half a second behind Manual Pagliani in FP2, which set him up well for qualifying on Saturday.
Brad left it late in qualifying to head to the second row after a last lap dash on his own, around a circuit in which a tow is preferred to improve your time. But after suspension changes, Ray was down in ninth position before pulling the pin and jumping to fourth, with a time of 2:11.800, only six tenths off pole position. Read more…
Brad Ray #28 and the 2014 race year
2014 is going to be one of the busiest years ever for Brad. With the 8 round, 14 race Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup series, most rounds of the Motul Motostar British Championship event at BSB, riding for FAB-Racing, and several of the CEV Spanish National Championship rounds riding for KRP, he will hardly be off a race bike!
The Rookies bike is a standard KTM, the CEV bike is an FTR-KTM, both 4 stroke Moto3 bikes. The Motostar bike, an EE125, is a totally different bike altogether. A disc valve 2 stroke of the type that competed for many years in GP until the arrival of the Moto3 class, certainly not an easy bike to ride with it's very narrow power band. Young Bradley, 16 years of age now, is one of the few riders that can go from one to the other with apparent ease.
As this is being written Brad has already completed a 3 day test session at the Almeria Circuit, where he rode 3 different bikes testing chassis set-ups for FTR, a 2 day pre-event test session for the first round of CEV at the Jerez Circuit (both circuits located in Southern Spain), the first round of CEV over 3 days, and is now at Aragon with the Rookies for a 3 day test…
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Although the races at the MotoGP event in Aragon last weekend gave results that were not too great for Brad, with a 6th and 8th positions, everything finished on a high as he was told just after race 2 that he was invited to ride in the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup again next year. I don't think he took too long to say YES !!! With Red Bull showing their confidence in him Brad will, for sure, be pushing very hard for wins, podiums, and the overall Championship.