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Youth sport - motorbikes: Jordan's a silver star in debut season
ROOKIE Jordan Boyle has added to his glittering array of silverware by picking up the runner-up trophy at the Thundersport’s awards evening.
The 15-year-old Verwood-based rider came overall second in the Aprilia Superteen Nitro Newcomers Cup.
Jordan, who attends QE School in Wimborne, received his prize from British Superstock champion Steve Brogan.
Key to the teenager’s success was the sponsorship from Slough-based Artel Communications Ltd.
One of Jordan’s support team, helping him to maintain is bike in the Superteen series, was a field technician for Artel, whose mana-ger director Richard Pledger is a keen motorsport supporter.
“As a fan of the sport, I knew of the Aprilia championship and was keen to attend a meeting,” explained Pledger.
“I was blown away by not only the raw talent of the kids but also the professionalism of the whole event, it’s fair to say I was hooked immediately.”
Shortly after, Pledger met with Jordan and his family and agreed for his company to sponsor him for the remaining four rounds of the season.
“It was a lifeline that couldn’t have come at a more needed time,” said Jordan’s father Andrew Boyle.
Artel’s support allowed Jordan to push home his advantage in the series and strengthened his position over third place by 75 points.
Aprilia Superteens is one of the most successful racing series in the world having brought Casey Stoner, Cal Crutchlow, Tom Sykes and Bradley Smith, to name only a few, through its ranks.
Superteens is televised and followed by thousands trying to spot the next World Moto GP Champion.
Unlike many young racers, Jordan didn’t come to the championship from the background of racing mini bikes, instead he started his riding career in a motorcycle display team.
The 2013 season has been one of the fastest ever, with five new lap records being set at various tracks this year, making Jordan’s achievement all the more exceptional.
“We (rider and back-up team) ran inside the top 10 all year and finally broke into the top five a handful of times towards the end of the season and ran at lap record pace each time,” said Jordan.
Like most young unknown riders, Jordan is trying to obtain more sponsors and will be approaching Dorset-based firms this year with his sights set on taking the overall title in 2014.
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