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GRAND PRIX WILDCARD FOR IRVING

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17-year old Joe to make Silverstone Moto3 debut for Redline

British Motostar race winner, Joe Irving, will make his first appearance at a MotoGP event when he lines up for the Moto3 race at Silverstone on August 31.

The 17-year old from Holmfirth has been a consistent force in British Motostar - the national equivalent of Moto3 - on KTM RC 250 R machinery, taking two wins and nine podiums in 2013 and is currently battling for the championship lead after five rounds of the 2014 season, with two wins and two other podiums.

Trainee chef Irving will be aiming to impress the partisan crowd at the Northamptonshire circuit when he lines up on his familiar British championship machine, supplied and run by Loughborough-based KTM dealer, Redline Motorcycles.

With the next Motostar race at Thruxton on August 3, Joe and the team still have a further two British championship races after that at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park to get through before the Grand Prix, with little time for rest.

On hearing the wildcard entry was confirmed, Joe Irving said: “Honestly, I’m so excited – it’s a dream come true. I can’t believe I have this opportunity and Silverstone is a circuit I really love.

“I can’t thank Tim Walker from Redline Motorcycles enough, but there’s a lot to be done to be ready for the Grand Prix, let alone trying to fight for the British championship. I’m under no illusions that lining up against the best riders in the world will be tough, but I’m more than ready for the challenge.”

With the huge costs associated with running at Grand Prix level compared to the National championship, Joe will be holding a fundraising event very soon to make sure this dream opportunity can be properly committed to. More details to follow.

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