Silverstone BSB: Skinner gears up for first Supersport season

Reigning British Talent Cup champion Rory Skinner will begin his first Dickies Supersport season at Silverstone this weekend after being cast aside by Dorna.

Skinner was expected to be on at least a Moto3 bike in either the world championship or the Junior World Championship after his win but it appears that Dorna misplaced his phone number and all that effort ended up for nought.

With the support of his family, Skinner has raised the funds required to enter the second tier of British national championship racing on a privately-entered Kawasaki ZX-6R, provided by Lincolnshire dealership Chris Walker Kawasaki.

“It has felt like a long winter, so it’s great to get back out racing again. We only made the decision to go supersport racing in February and only picked up the bike just over a month ago, so these opening races will be like testing for us,” said Skinner.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in British Supersport this season. There are a lot of very fast and experienced riders out there and I am looking forward to getting stuck in throughout the year.

“Stuart Young has been busy building a race engine for me but as the ZX-6R is new to British Supersport in 2019, we’ve been quite late in getting the tuning parts through for it.

We’ve been at the two official tests at Silverstone but this will be our first time with the full supersport engine. Our first test was basically a shakedown with a road bike and earlier this month we ran a Superstock-spec bike to try and dial in the suspension.

“We were able to get in a few sessions at Knockhill at the weekend to test t a few more things with the bike, and we’ll be working on finding a good base setting for the bike in free practice at Silverstone on Friday.”

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