Teenage racer Wright delighted with new deal

Harry Corbett, Richard Ellis, Aaron Wright and Phillip McCallen. INLT 07-910-CON
Harry Corbett, Richard Ellis, Aaron Wright and Phillip McCallen. INLT 07-910-CON

A Newtownabbey’s Aaron Wright has joined Team Collision Kawasaki, run by local man Harry Corbett, as a junior KTM 390 Cup rider for the 2015 season.

The 14-year-old will be the only Irish rider in the series which will run alongside the British Superbike Championship.

“Aaron is the current 125 / 250 Ulster and Irish production champion and we will be working with him on a three-year rider development plan to progress him into the National Superstock 600 championship with Collision Kawasaki,” said Corbett.

“He will receive help from Ben and Jesse to help enhance his track knowledge. We are looking forward to our testing plan in less than a month’s time.”

Also behind this set up is 11-times TT winning legend Phillip McCallen who will supply the KTM bike that Aaron will race in the series.

He will still race the 125 Honda in the Irish Short Circuit Championship, but has decided to concentrate on the KTM ride instead of the Kawasaki Championship.

“I am totally overwhelmed and excited about the whole deal,” Aaron told the Times. “I can’t wait to go to Spain for testing. I would like to thank Harry Corbett, Phillip McCallen and the team for this opportunity.”

Rea set for World Superbike start

The official Kawasaki Racing Team WSBK launch took place in Barcelona this week with the new season Ninja ZX-10R rider Jonathan Rea presented to the world in his new colours.

Speaking at the launch, the Ballyclare man said: “You can never be more ready for the first race but I think I can go to Phillip Island more confident than I have ever. I have a really good package below me but to come hear and see how much support the team has is really cool.”

Barr back in action

Doagh rider Martin Barr finished 12th at Hawkstone Park in the opening international MX of the season.

“It was really good to get back out racing and get back into the swing of things,” he said. “I was happy with the way things went and I’ve still five weeks to round one of British Championship, so things are all coming together nicely.”