After the cancellation of the initial round of ASBK Championship, ProGP Racing Junior Team is now finally ready to debut in the Australian competition, with the first round which will be held at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend and the team led by Jake Skate can’t wait to take part in the event.
An important and bad news is the injury of Archie McDonald, who broke his leg during a cycle accident while training and is forced to miss the first round of the Championship, with the target to be in the full form starting from the next ones, as the situation will be evaluated step by step, preserving rider’s health.
For what will now be the new Round 1, at Winton, the 16-year-old Reece Oughtred will jump on board the ProGP Racing Junior Team’s bike, being the rider choosen by team manager Jake Skate to replace Archie for this race, with the clear target to be competitive and fight for the first positions in the very ASBK debut for the team.
Oughtred will be at the start of his second season in the ASBK Supersport 300 class, after competing in 2020, finishing in the 8th place, as well as riding in the Oceania Junior Cup, 7th overall, after having made the jump from R3 Cup, raced in 2019.
The young australian will give his best as well as the whole ProGP Racing Junior Team, with team owner Omar Menghi looking at the progresses halfway around the world in the one which will be the most important year of team’s life, competing in three different championship with the clear target to make the best and get satisfactions, starting from this weekend’s ASBK round 1 at Winton Raceway.
Omar Menghi – ProGP Racing Team Owner: “First of all I want to wish Archie a speedy recovery and I hope to see him back on our bike as soon as possible. Then I’m happy to welcome Reece Oughtred with us for Round 1, which will be our very debut in the ASBK Championship. I’m very excited about the work we are doing and about this project and I can’t wait to see our bike on track for the first free practices with Reece, a young rider with a very good potential, which we hope he will be able to show us. I will be watching the whole weekend from Italy, cheering for our team like a fan and I just can’t wait for it!”
Jake Skate – ProGP Racing Junior Team Manager: “It’s been a difficult start of the year with Archie being injured just prior to what was supposed to be the first round of the ASBK, which was then cancelled due to covid restrictions. Archie is now recovery well, and we are all hoping for a fast return to the bike for him! For Winton ASBK I’m excited to welcome Reece Oughtred to the team, a young rider with good experience in SS300, and a rider who has impressed me over the last few years with solid results, that I hope we can help him to continue with.”
Reece Oughtred – ProGP Racing Junior Team Rider: “I’m really excited to be offered this opportunity with ProGP Racing, and I’m looking forward to enjoy the weekend and aim for a good result, my best wishes for a speedy recovery are with Archie, one of my long term friends who I’ve been racing with since our junior days in dirt track!”