Today’s FIM CEV Repsol races at Valenica were particularly poignant for fans of up and coming British riders, as they saw the final outings... Racing Steps Foundation KRP Team bows out at Valencia

Today’s FIM CEV Repsol races at Valenica were particularly poignant for fans of up and coming British riders, as they saw the final outings for the highly respected Racing Steps Foundation’s motorcycle division.

Run across the last seven years by Graham Sharp, who has personally financed the project, the KRP Racing Steps Foundation squad went out in good form with riders Dan Jones and Rory Skinner finishing race 2 as the fastest Brits in the Moto3 Junior World Championship field. Rory placed 14th in race 1, and 13th in race 2 – with Dan finishing 14th.

In the 2017 season overall, Rory was the top British rider, placing 13th in the highly competitive Championship.

A familiar and popular team in the paddock, the KRP Racing Steps Foundation squad have done a lot to nurture and give a foot up to young two-wheeled talent; most notably in World Championship Moto3 rider John McPhee.

The team has been run over the seven years by Mark Keen who Racing Steps called on right from the start, and who has worked ceaselessly on developing riders as well as engineering some excellent machinery.

Mark himself is looking to continue in the FIM CEV Repsol next season, with plans to be in the European Talent Cup, an excellent training ground for developing young talent in the best way possible for the world stage – by riding top European circuits and competing against the very best young Spanish and Italian riders.