Road to success is clear for young racing ace

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A HOTLY-tipped young biker is aiming for success after holding his own against the cream of world motorcycling.

Max Alexander (14), a fourth year pupil at Lenzie Academy, travelled recently to the Motorland Aragon Circuit, in Spain, to compete in the prestigious Red Bull Moto GP Rookies Cup selection event.

The race is traditionally the first step to the glamorous and lucrative world of Motorcycle Grand Prix racing.

Only 11 of the 120 invited riders were selected and Max didn’t quite make the grade - but it’s just a minor bump on the road for the hotly-tipped racer.

Proud big brother Jamie said: “Although Max did not manage to get through, he considers himself to be very honoured to have taken part in the selection event .

“He acquitted himself very well, giving him a huge confidence boost for next year’s selection.

“He’s looking at his options for next year, when hopefully we’ll see him competing at British national level.

Max began competing in karts when he was just 11-years-old, before switching to motorbikes in the Scottish Minimoto Championship B Class - landing fourth spot and an award for most improved rider in his debut season.

The following year saw him crowned Minimoto Junior C Champion. Then in 2011 he stepped up to full-sized motorcycle racing, lifting the trophy at the Melville Motors Club GP125 Championship.

Jamie added: “Max would like to thank his sponsors for their continued support - R&T Racing, Clydebank Oil, Willis School of Motoring and Flowers of Scotland.”