Motorcycle racing

As the 2011 motorbike race season draws closer, Brechin’s motorbike youngster Ryan Watson is heading out to Spain for some early practice.

This will be his first opportunity to ride a 125GP bike before his debut race at a Brands Hatch in the 125GP British Championship, a support series of the British Superbikes.

Ryan’s father Keith Watson said he was extremely excited about the amazing opportunity Ryan has riding for a top race team, Colin Appleyard/Macadam, and can’t wait to see what he can accomplish this year.

Recently Ryan was awarded the ‘Best First Year Rider for 2010’ by the Melville Club which races at the East Fortune track near Edinburgh.

He has also been short-listed as a final nominee for the ‘Young Sports Personality of the Year’ award which will be presented at the Angus Sports Awards next month.

Keith stated that most of the last few months has been about having a well earned rest but also about raising Ryan’s profile which he hoped would help to raise more support for his son.

The first event sees Ryan and fellow team-mate Deane Brown being interviewed twice daily at the Scottish Motorbike Show held at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on March 12 and 13 and sharing the Knockhill Racing Circuit exhibition space.

The event is attended by thousands of motorbike fans each year and marks the start of the motorbike season.

The second event is a fund-raising night in the Northern Hotel on June 11.

The night is to combine a dinner dance with an auction and raffle to raise much needed funds for Ryan’s racing.

Some items already secured for auction include, a holiday in Florida, a complete bathroom suite, a day’s fishing permit for the Burn Estate, a two course meal for four in the Baillie Restaurant and entry tickets to the Knockhill round of the British Superbikes.

Keith told the Brechiner that fund-raising efforts had been a challenge this year.

He felt that understandably companies are tightening their belts but wanted to highlight that as the financial year draws to an end many businesses could help a worthy cause like Ryan through corporate sponsorship/advertising.

Keith wanted to stress to maximise advertising opportunities potential sponsors for 2011 would receive more value for money if onboard before the race season starts.

For any further information about sponsorship/advertising opportunities or donations for the fund-raising night contact Keith Watson at keithwatson200@hotmail.co.uk or mob:07939241152.