BSB: Rory Skinner makes his Debut in The Superbike Class With Six Years of Racing Experience in Various Championships.

Published on February 2, 2021
By Dawn Hammersley

As Reigning Quattro Group Supersport Champion Rory Skinner joins FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, both the young Scott and the Team are Ambitious to what they can achieve in the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

19-year-old Rory Skinner started his racing career back in 2014, Skinner was the only British rider to compete in the 2015 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at the young age of 13-years-old. He ended his debut season in 10th position, his best result of the season for him was at the final round in Aragon where he qualified on pole position and took third place in each of the two races. Rory continued in the Red Bull Rookies for the 2016 season, despite missing the first round through an injury, he moved up to sixth place in the standings – scoring third place podium places at Assen and Aragon.

The Perth rider took his first and only Rookies win at the opening race of the 2017 season at Jerez, unfortunately that was his only podium finish of the season and he finished in 12th place in the championship standings. Whilst riding in the Red Bull rookies Skinner raced in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship for the KRP team as part of the Racing Steps Foundation programme, where his best finishing position was fifth.

In 2018 Skinner found himself without a ride until Dorna offered him a place in the Inaugural British Talent Cup, he was fastest in the pre-season test at Valencia and took his first win at the second round at Donington Park. Rory ended the season by becoming the Inaugural British Talent Cup Champion at the last round at Valencia.

2019 saw Skinner join the British Supersport Championship riding the Kawasaki ZX-6R, which was provided by veteran rider Chris Walker. The team was run by his father mike, he finished the season in seventh place, making him the top ranked rookie and best placed Kawasaki rider.

For the 2020 season he was signed by the Appleyard Yamaha Team riding a Yamaha R6. He won the first six races on the bounce and secured the championship title with two races to spare. Rory was the youngest ever rider at 19-years-old to win the Supersport Championship.

A we look forward to the 2021 season Rory has signed a two-year deal with FS-3 Kawasaki riding the all-new 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. He is delighted to be joining the FS-3 Team and feels like he has clicked with the team already and believes they are the right team to be with at this stage of his career.

Rory Skinner-FS3 Racing Kawasaki

Everyone knows how good the ZX-10RR is and having seen the new bike up close I have no doubt it will be even better in 2021. Kawasaki UK are right behind the project and I can’t wait to get out and start testing properly in April.

Featured Images: Rory and Bennetts British Superbike.


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