Fifteen year old Ben McConnachie has taken the step from dirt to tarmac and another step towards his goal to be the next British racer to win the British motorcycle road race Grand Prix. It would be an incredible achievement for the five times junior Trials champion that would seal the McConnachie name in GP folklore, as the last British racer to win it was his father Ian who won at Silverstone in 1986.

It is a realistic objective for Ben who started road racing last year and despite only contesting half of the season made a very promising start racing in the Moto SP Aprilia 125 class, including two wins at Oulton Park (where he is pictured here on the yellow number 12 bike). This season he has progressed to more demanding GP machinery and the hotly contested ACU Motostar GP125 Academy, where even with less than a season of racing under his belt, Ben has scored points in each of the first two rounds.

Ben McConnachie says:

“I know it won’t be easy to top the podium at the British Grand Prix – I only have to ask dad! The domestic Grand Prix is special for me but I would love the opportunity to travel and meet new people and I am really looking forward to racing abroad. I want to be racing against the best, be they in Spain or wherever, which can only raise my game.”

Ben is making good progress towards his goal. At the Mallory Park Bank Holiday races on 6 May, he scored two excellent top three results. In the first of the two ten lap races Ben traded places with Championship leader David Hampton, eventually beating David by just three hundredth of a second. In the second race Ben’s lap times steadily improved, – again finishing third and this time much closer to the winning race time.


Chris Morley of First Sports Sponsorship Agency, retained to represent Ben says:

“Ben has a very bright future in motorcycle racing competing in the Grand Prix class where his father achieved such success. Ben is a very gifted sportsman. He surprised classmates and teachers by turning his back on a highly promising football career to race motorcycles and not many young men do that!

As a measure of Ben’s talent, he immediately won first time out in Trials riding and went on to win five Trials championships over the next three years. His father Ian is brilliant and has never pressured him to take up road racing, but Ben has always known what he wanted to do, which is to be the next Brit to win the British Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Ben is also an articulate and affable young man and these are key qualities in today’s sport. He has demonstrated these qualities by winning excellent product support, all on his own, from leading local businesses such as Harley World in Chesterfield. It is easy to forget that Ben is a fifteen year old with minimal experience of road racing. He can afford take his time and focus on the immediate milestone of a good consistent points scoring season in the ACU MotoStar Championship GP125 Academy Class with the next round, coincidentally, at Silverstone.  Thoughts of topping the podium at the British Grand Prix are at the back of his mind for now.”

The Biker Cafe will be watching this young prospect very closely and will bring you more reports as and when they become available …..


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