The meteoric rise of young racing revelation Rory Skinner reached another height today at Donington Park, as the 19-year-old took the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship with a round to go, making it four titles in four years for Tysers Yamaha.
It wasn’t a straightforward weekend for the Perth youngster after he crashed out of the lead in Saturday’s ‘sprint’ race in horrendous conditions, before winning in some style to become the youngest ever champion in the 32-year history of the renowned British Supersport Championship.
Team mate Brad Jones also fell in the rain hit opening event on Saturday but rode a superb longer ‘Feature’ race. Hampered by a row four grid start (11th) Brad made a lightning start to power his way up to the leading group, before catching Rory and switching the lead several times. The pair were almost inseparable all weekend with a 1-2 in practice and qualifying, both taking to the gravel in Saturday’s event with another superb formation flying 1-2 Appleyard-Macadam display in the final race.
Rory now has an unassailable championship position whilst Brad sits just one point behind second placed James Westmoreland, with everything to play for at the finale at Brands Hatch. After the event Rory explained that he’d never ridden his bike or any YZF-R6 in the rain, made even more amazing he had visited Knockhill three times!
The Championship role of honour for the Appleyard-Macadam team:
2017 - Keith Farmer
2018 - Jack Kennedy
2019 - Jack Kennedy
2020 - Rory Skinner
Team Owner Robin Appleyard: “Its mission accomplished after taking on a young lad and half an hour into our test in Spain we realised that he could be in the fight for the title. After our success with Keith Farmer and Jack Kennedy, it’s great to get another title and this time with an almost rookie rider! Our focus is now on getting Brad secured in second in the Championship at Brands Hatch.
I want to thank Alex, Gary and the entire Tysers Yamaha team. They work so hard to build a bike that is as good as anything in the world. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this season and great to have Doug and Margaret Macadam with us this weekend to savour the moment.”