End-of-the-year race for Ryan

Last of the year: Ryan finished in the 28th spot in a field of 46 racers.
Last of the year: Ryan finished in the 28th spot in a field of 46 racers.

Brechin Moto3 motorcyclist Ryan Watson returned from Spain after competing in his last race of the year in the CEV Buckler Championship.

A large field attended the event in Valencia, with riders coming far and wide, representing 13 different nations. Ryan was one of 54 riders, within the Moto3 class, who began the weekend’s competition.

Ryan’s father, Keith Watson, explained that it was amazing to see so many Moto3 motorbikes at this event, as back in the UK there had only been three other Moto3 bikes ridden at national level and development of these bikes, as yet, has been limited in this country.

Having only bought the bike eight weeks prior to the CEV event, Ryan and the Watson Work Racing team had limited time to do any testing before entering this world class championship. With 18 current or former MotoGP riders and Moto3 bikes that have competed at world level all year, Ryan was understandably excited and anxious to see how the Brechin based Watson Work Racing team would fair in such a high profile event.

After one day testing on the Valencia circuit, Ryan had two qualifying sessions to prove himself. Knowing that out of the 54 competitors only 46 would be allowed to start the race.

Ryan was determined not to be sent home early.

Despite a mechanical failure in the first qualifying session Ryan qualified in 42nd place and was given a chance for the race.

With changing weather conditions, Ryan faired even better in the rain during pre-race warm-up but by the afternoon the track was dry playing into the hands of the superior Moto3 machinery.

As ever the Moto3 race was unpredictable and action-packed with several of the biggest names in Moto3 crashing out. After a gruelling 30 minutes Ryan finished the race in a credible 28th place.

Ryan told the Advertiser that this had been the hardest weekend he had spent on his bike but couldn’t wait to do it all again next year.

Proud father Keith explained that the weekend had been a real eye-opener for the Watson Work team and that now that the race season had finished work could start to develop/upgrade the standard Brechin machine with the knowledge and skills of Gordon Work.

Keith explained that despite the Moto3 bike costing in the region of £25,000, a further £10,000 would be required to make this a competitive bike in this world class field.

Keith urged the local community to get behind the Brechin based team and wished to invite all local businesses to consider being a team sponsor for the 2013 season.