TEAM Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing riders once again head for Spain at the beginning of March for four days of hard pre-season testing at the Catagena circuit.
With the additional support of Yamaha behind them they travel with confidence as well as the enthusiasm of a new young team member who hails from right here in Brechin.
Only just into his teens 13-year-old Ryan Watson from Brechin will take fellow Scot Deane Brown’s seat and compete in the British 125cc Championship.
Young he may be but he already has an impressive track record behind him, having picked up the British MRO 80cc Junior Championship last season.
He has quite an act to follow as Deane only missed winning last year’s championship by four points and picked up the much-coveted ACU Academy Cup.
Team manager Robin Appleyard has every confidence in his ability.
“I’ve been very impressed by Ryan’s attitude and his whole approach. In taking the 80cc Championship he has proved he is a winner. I’m sure he will do well and be an asset to the team.”
Having performed well in the 125cc category Deane is looking for a fresh challenge by moving up to Junior 600 Superstock.
Meanwhile his team-mate Jack Kennedy will be looking for championship honours in the Supersport 600 class having finished an impressive fourth last time in his first season at that level.
Appleyard added: “I can’t wait for the season to get cracking.
“We’ve a great team and we will go into the first race with real belief.
“Ryan has the confidence of youth, Deane, a natural talent, has the excitement of a fresh challenge and Jack can take Supersport 600 by storm, particularly as slight rule changes will make the class a more level playing field.”
After the work out in Spain the riders will test on three UK tracks before the first meeting over the Easter weekend at Brands Hatch in April.
The team riders are not the only ones making a name for themselves for Robin Appleyard’s son, 15 year-old Jack caused quite a stir last year when he made his debut in the commentary box.
Having just won the Brands Hatch Leisure Young Sports Journalist of the Year Jack is now hoping for more experience co-commentating alongside race expert Fred Clark.