HE MAY spend his weekends racing 200hp superbikes, but surprisingly BSB racer Brad Ray wasn't road legal - until now that is...
Earlier this month Suzuki UK arranged for the 21-year-old Buildbase Suzuki rider to take his CBT at Suzuki dealership Wheels Motorcycles with Shires Motorcycle Training.
After competing the compulsory car park manoeuvres, Ray, who has been riding since he was a toddler, ventured out on to public roads for the first time, aboard a GSX-R125.
Of course he smashed it, and is now able to ride a 125cc machine on the road with L-plates.
After collecting his certificate, Ray commented: “I was four when I first rode a motorbike. I rode a minimoto in the garden and started racing at six and have been ever since.
"But getting my licence was something I’ve wanted to do. I wasn’t too nervous, but felt a bit of pressure! Obviously I know how to ride a bike, but it’s being able to ride a bike to their standard. It sounds silly, I’ll go around a corner at 150mph, but when they got me to do a figure of eight, I’ve never concentrated so hard in my life.
"The bike was mega though, was a lot of fun blasting around the roads on it. I’m coming back for my full licence – I probably don’t get as much chance as some to ride on the road with the racing, but when it’s a nice, sunny day and I fancy going out on the bike and going for a ride, I can.”