Skinner steps up to Moto2 with American Racing from 2023| Christina Bulpett | MotoGP
Rory Skinner will make his full-time Moto2 debut next season after signing with American Racing for 2023.
Having enjoyed two wildcard entires at Silverstone and Austria across the summer, the Scotsman will return to the Eitan Butbul and John Hopkins-led outfit for a full rookie season alongside Sean Dylan Kelly after securing a two year deal.
The Scottish rider, touted as one of the UK’s brightest young talents having competed in Red Bull Rookies, British Talent Cup, and British Supersport - where he became the series’ youngest-ever champion - is currently sidelined due to injury in the British Superbike class but has the winter to recover ahead of his return to the world stage.
“I’m delighted to be joining American Racing for the next two seasons,” Skinner confirmed on Friday morning. “Racing in the Grand Prix paddock is every rider’s dream, and opportunities like these don’t come along often, especially for British riders.
“American Racing feels like the perfect team to make my full-time Moto2 debut with. Eitan and John have worked with me for the past two seasons and right from the beginning, they knew where I wanted to be and have been true to their promise in supporting me in my ambitions.
“We’ve done two wildcards earlier this year, which confirmed that this is where I want to be, even though I am under no illusions as to just how competitive Moto2 is.
“I will be doing everything I can to repay the faith they’ve shown in me, and I also want to thank all the people who have supported me in the past four seasons in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship paddock. From my dad running me on a private Kawasaki in British Supersport to Robin and Doug for giving me the chance at Appleyard Macadam Racing, and of course my current FS-3 Racing team, I am very lucky to have worked with some amazing people who have helped me develop as both a person and a rider in what is a high-level championship.”