Racings Steps Foundation-backed Moto3 riders John McPhee, Fraser Rogers and Wayne Ryan return to Italy for rounds six and seven of the CIV Championship at Misano’s Marco Simoncelli circuit this weekend.
The UK KRP team-mates – who made their debuts in the Italian series on Aprilia 125GP bikes at Mugello last July – will compete this time round in the Moto3 category aboard their new KRP M3-01 Honda prototypes.
The riders are slotting in the double header at the recently renamed Romagna track in between rounds of the Spanish Moto3 championship.
McPhee and Rogers, who won wildcards to the British round of the Moto3 World Championship at Silverstone in July, currently lie sixth and 14th in the CEV rider standings.
Ryan, the 2011 British 125GP Vice-Champion, is currently 18th in the Spanish series in his debut year.
“The level of competition in Italian championship is extremely strong and we’re looking forward to returning,” said the RSF’s motorcycle racing co-ordinator Peter Ball.
“Ideally we would love to participate in more rounds in Italy but unfortunately their busy schedules make it very difficult.
“Clearly, the more top-class competition they face, the more they improve their race craft and consistency. So we are looking to see if further rounds will be possible as the season progresses.
“So far the lads have endured mixed fortunes in Spain but they have bikes that are capable of running at the front so hopefully they will produce the kind of results at Misano that we know they are capable of.”
Rider Race CVs
Born 14 July 1994. Lives Oban, Argyll, Scotland.
2012 CEV Moto3 Championship: 6th / 49pts (2 podiums) after first five out of seven rounds. World Moto3 Championship wildcard entries: Catalunya and Silverstone
2011 CEV 125GP Championship: 10th / 38pts. CIV 125GP Championship (two rounds only): 20th / 8pts. UEM European 125GP Championship: 14th / 2pts. World 125cc Championship wildcard entries: Catalunya, Silverstone and Valencia.
2010 British 125GP Championship: 5th (1 win, 4 podiums). U17s ACU Academy Cup: 2nd (3 wins, 7 podiums, 3 FLs). World 125cc Championship wildcard entry: Valencia
2009 British 125GP Championship (eight rounds only, broken ankle): 36th. U17s ACU Academy Cup: 14th.
2008 Scottish, NE of England and Melville Formula 125 Championships: Triple Champion (42 races, 29 wins, 37 podiums).
2007 Scottish, NE of England and Melville Formula 125 Championships (15 races, 1 win, 7 podiums).
2006-1999 Oban Youth Motocross (50, 65 and 85cc categories): Eight-times Champion.
Born 19 December 1995. Lives Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.
2012 CEV Moto3 Championship: 14th / 23pts after first five out of seven rounds. World Moto3 Championship wildcard entry: Silverstone
2011 CEV Buckler 125GP Championship: 18th / 20pts. CIV 125GP Championship (two rounds only): 21st / 6pts. UEM European 125GP Championship: 12th / 4pts.
2010 British 125GP Championship – 6th overall (1 podium), 3rd in U17s ACU Academy Cup (2 wins, 6 podiums, 2 FLs).
2009 Thundersport GB GP3 Champion (7 wins, 19 podiums) and GP3 Cup winner (17 wins, 19 podiums)
2008 Thundersport GB 125cc Aprilia Superteens Champion; Nitro Newcomers’ Champion; ACU Clubmans Formula 125 Champion.
2007 Fab-Racing British GP70 Champion
2006 British Metrakit GP70 Challenge (3 podiums)
2005 British Metrakit GP50 Challenge (podium finishes); British GP50 Conti Cup (podium finishes); and British Junior Minimoto 4.2 Champion.
Born 05 May 1996. Lives Littlestone, New Romney, Kent, England.
2012 CEV Moto3 Championship: 18th / 11pts after first five out of seven rounds.
2011 BSB British 125GP Championship – Vice-Champion / 91pts (2 wins, 2 poles, 7 podiums, 3 fastest laps). Integral U17s ACU Academy Cup runner-up / 204pts (3 wins, 8 podiums, 4 fastest laps).
2010 British 125GP Championship – 13th overall (4 top 10 finishes), 7th in integral U17s ACU Academy Cup (3 podiums).
2009 Thundersport GB 125cc Aprilia Superteens Champion (7 wins, 18 podiums, 2 RLs).
2008 Thundersport GB 125cc Aprilia Superteens Championship – 5th overall, winner of “Most Improved Superteen Rider of the Year” award, Mallory Park Race of the Year 125cc Winner.
2007 British GP50 Conti Cup – Vice-Champion.
2006 SEMRC Minimoto Championship (4.2hp and 8.5hp).
2005 Novice Minimoto
Racing Steps Foundation Background
The Racing Steps Foundation is a private, not-for-profit fund that provides and finances competition and personal performance development programmes for an elite group of young British racing drivers and motorcycle racers.
The backing is provided for those who have the skills and determination to climb to the top of the international motorsports ladder but who lack the funds and mentoring needed.
It was set up in 2007 and in 2012 is supporting the following elite group of drivers and riders:
James Calado (Abingdon, Oxfordshire) in GP2; Jack Harvey (Bassingham, Lincolnshire) in British F3 International; Oliver Rowland (Sheffield, Yorkshire) in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup; Jake Dennis (Nuneaton, Warwickshire) in Formula Renault 2.0 UK; Ben Barnicoat (Chesterfield, Derbyshire), Ricky Collard (Eversley, Hampshire) and Sam Webster (Weymouth, Dorset) in UK and international KF2 karting; and John McPhee (Oban, Scotland), Fraser Rogers (Chippenham, Wiltshire) and Wayne Ryan (New Romney, Kent) in Spanish, Italian, German and World Championship Moto3.