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Record-breaker Stacey back in BSB after signing new deal

Teenage star Storm Stacey will return for a second season in the British Superbike championship after signing again for the GR Motosport team.

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The 17-year-old, from Staffordshire, enjoyed a thrilling debut 2020 campaign on a fully-fledged superbike scoring points while racing against some of the best riders in the world.

Stacey progressed from the National Superstock 600 class, having finished third in the championship in 2019, directly into BSB this year – and he instantly impressed, delivering some mature performances during his first campaign on a superbike.

The Eccleshall ace even managed to score championship points – becoming the youngest-ever rider to do so – during his rookie season and will be hoping to press on again during the 2021.

The teenager, who also became the youngest-ever winner of a British Motostar race, winning in the standard class, aged 12, claimed his first point of the season at Silverstone.

And he followed that up with a best result of 13th at the penultimate round of the championship at Donington Park.

Stacey said: “I feel like this year went really well for me and I scored points on more than one occasion, which was the aim for my first season in BSB.

"I think the highlight was at Donington Park where, during the race I was running in the top 10.

"Although I did fall back a bit towards the end of the race, I was racing against some big names and also beat some of them this year so that felt good.

“I have learnt a lot this year; especially that one of the things with the superbike is that the slower you think you go the faster you actually are. It is weird.

"It’s basically the more you chill out, the faster you go – if you are almost asleep you are fast and do better.

"One thing I have found is that in qualifying you need a good position.

"It is so hard to get through the pack in this class, and so that is also something to work on for next season.

“In 2021, I want to learn more and keep finding my feet in this championship because I only did it in the races last year as we didn’t really do a lot of testing.

"Again, next season will be another year of testing, finding out what works for me, how we want the bike set-up and I would like to be pushing for the top 10 – or even maybe a bit better.

"But I would be happy with top 10 finishes and to then see what happens.”

Team owner Brent Gladwin said that after such a strange year, due to problems with Covid, everyone involved was delighted to be able to continue working towards Stacey's development in British Superbike championship.

"Although it is our second season together, we had a phenomenal first season with him in BSB with few mistakes, if any, and a hand full of points scored," he said.

"The team and our partners are looking forward to roll this success into 2021, and we have a great development strategy in place for him.

"There will be some more great news from the team in the next week, which we know will keep all our fans excited for 2021.”

To hear more about Stacey's plans for the 2021 campaign, click here.

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