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British Youth National Championship - 9 July 2018
Bailey Johnston looking to take the British Small Wheel 85cc title in 2018
Judd Orange Brigade’s Bailey Johnston is on a mission to take the 2018 Judd KTM British Youth National Powered By Parts Europe Small Wheel 85cc title. Johnston is currently leading the Championship with 516 points and a 17-point advantage over the 2017 65cc British Champion Wal Beaney.
Johnston was chosen this year to race against some of Britain’s best riders for the newly formed Judd Orange Brigade team. The team was formed for 2018 as an initiative for KTM and Judd to help develop young talent in the UK and the British Youth National series.
Looking ahead to the next round at Duns, Johnston is looking to maintain his Championship lead. RHL caught up with the young-gun to find out how his season has gone so far and how things are going within the Judd Orange Brigade team.
RHL: Bailey, the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship Powered by Parts Europe has reached the halfway point last month in Fraddon. How has the season been for you so far?
Bailey Johnston: “So far the championship has been great. I’ve had some amazing battles and some awesome wins. So far I’ve won all of the rounds, which feels great and also leaves me in a good position for the next three rounds with a 17 point lead.”
RHL: You’re currently leading the official ACU British Small Wheel 85cc Championship. How does it feel to be holding the top spot?
Bailey Johnston: “To be holding the top spot place makes me overwhelmed and also takes a lot of pressure off me, because I’m up front and adding to my lead every round.”
RHL: For the next round we head to Duns, Scotland. The track provided some outstanding racing in 2017 and you finished up in seventh. What are you plans and goals for the weekend?
Bailey Johnston: “Yes, last time I enjoyed the track a lot and this time I will be hoping to add to my lead and staying out front.”
RHL: This year you are racing for the Judd Orange Brigade, how are things with the team and are you enjoying being a part of the KTM official factory youth team?
Bailey Johnston: “I enjoy being on the team very much, everybody is very supportive and helps me out as much as possible. It made me very proud to be asked to join the Judd Orange Brigade - this has helped with my confidence, which I personally think has made me a better rider this season.”
RHL: What are your thoughts on the Duns circuit?
Bailey Johnston: “I find the Duns circuit good. It suits me well because it’s nice and fast with quite a lot of jumps, which in my opinion are my strongest points.”
RHL: Finally, what are your plans for the rest of the season and ultimate goal for the year?
Bailey Johnston: “My plans are to continue this lead and carry on to win the championship. I’ve worked so hard this year to get this far, so I hope I can carry this on and bring that number one plate back.”
To find out more about the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship Powered by Parts Europe head over to www.rhlactivities.com
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