LIAM Delves was called up to step into the breech when former World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards was unable to ride the MOtoGP spec DR Moto Bike at the MCN Festival of Speed in Peterborough last week.
Henry Rivers Fletcher and Andrew Hammond from Oxford Products and Bikerswear very kindly supplied Liam with Alpine Stars boots and gloves plus a new HJC helmet while Scott Leathers came up with a race suit for the 15-year-old.
The Smiths Wood Sports College student completed 15 minutes on track doing demonstration laps for the huge crowd who turned out to see the bikes.
“It has to be the best day of my life,” revealed Liam, who rides in the British Motostar Moto3 standard championship that runs as a support class to the British Superbike championship.
“To get the opportunity to ride the DR Moto GP bike at the Festival of Speed is amazing and I cannot thank DR Moto enough for giving me this chance to ride such a fantastic bike.
“I also must thank Oxford Products, Bikerswear and Scott Leathers for kitting me out with all the best race clothing.”
Dean Reynolds, managing director of Reynolds Engineering Ltd explained the evolution of the bike: “Having enjoyed success supplying motorcycle components to championship winning teams, in 2012 we turned our talents to a new challenge, the design and manufacture of our own MotoGP eligible racer.
“Designed by former Team Roberts chief designer Barry Ward, our bike can boast the best of everything. All chassis components have been manufactured in our own machine shop. We have sourced other components from industry leaders such as Brembo, Ohlins, Marchesini and MoTeC.
“Our vision has been to bring MotoGP level technology and performance to a bike for the discerning enthusiast.”
Liam returns to racing this weekend when he contests the two races in the Motostar Moto3 standard class at Brands Hatch on the short Indy circuit this week.
Free practice takes place on Friday followed by the first qualifying session. The Final qualifying is on Saturday and that sets the grid for the 16-lap sprint race later in the afternoon. There is a short warm up on Sunday morning ahead of the feature race over 22 laps of the Kent circuit.