Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde will compete as one of three Moto3 wildcard entries for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The selection came on the back of strong performances by the KRP rider in Spain’s Dorna-run CEV Repsol Moto3 Championship and selected rounds in the rival Italian CIV series.
CEV Moto3 rookie Ryde signalled his potential in the series with an impressive ride to third place in the second race at the opening round. He will compete at Silverstone on KRP’s Honda-powered M3-02 chassis.
Ryde, 16, is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, as are two other riders selected for Silverstone.
Kyle’s mum Janine said: “It has taken ten years of our lives to get to this point and I can’t even begin to explain what we have gone through in terms of hard work, travelling, sacrifices and so on, but this will make it all worthwhile.
“I have told Kyle to embrace it and enjoy it. It’s jut a foot in the door, much much more hard work begins now.”
Racing Steps’ racing co-ordinator Peter Ball said: “We provide our riders with all the necessary backing and support and try to ensure they get the best opportunities to develop and showcase their talent.
“The fact we’ll have three riders on the grid this year is testament to how important this kind of co-operation is to give British riders the leg up they need.”
The Grand Prix takes place on Sunday at 2.15pm.