Jul 11 2012 By Shona Mitchell
STRATHAVEN schoolboy Russell Brown became the only Scot selected for Triumphs prestigious Young Guns motorbike racing development programme for 2012 as he was named among nine finalists.
Speaking after his selection, Russell said: I am thrilled to be chosen as one of Triumphs Young Gun finalists. Its a brilliant opportunity to learn first-hand from industry experts and hopefully further my racing career.
Russell, a fifth-year pupil at Strathaven Academy, is in his third year of competitive motorcycle racing. His interest in motorbikes stems from being taken to school on the back of his dads bike from the age of five as well as meeting World Superbike Champions James Toseland, Troy Corser and Troy Bayliss in 2005.
After the marked improvements in his performances in the RRV450 GP class two weeks ago, this is a further boost for the ambitious young racer.
He will be monitored, observed and mentored by key figures in the motorcycle racing industry on the skills required to make it as a pro.
Following an assessment in August, the scheme reaches its climax in October when three chosen finalists will race against each other on the track on identical Triumph 675 Daytonas.
The winner will be chosen based on their conduct throughout the year and their performance during the final.
General manager of Triumph UK Guy Masters said of the programme: The idea behind Young Guns is to recognise and develop aspiring UK talent.
Were already impressed by the passion and professionalism the nine chosen riders have shown.