Riders to kick it up a gear

Nathan JonesMoe brothers Nathan and Tyson Jones are set to join Glengarry export Ben Currie at British race team Quelch BSD Motorsport for the final two rounds of the Spanish CEV Motorcycle series in November.

QBSD also offered the siblings an opportunity to ride the full 2014 Spanish season for the team following a standout year on the Victorian Road Racing and Australian circuits.

“Moving over there for a full year is a pretty big commitment so they’ve offered us two rounds in Spain as a bit of a test to see if we’re happy with how it all goes,” Tyson said.

“We’re very excited and keen to get over there and have a crack, especially the tracks we’ll be riding on, they’re some of the best tracks in the world, like MotoGP tracks, it’s awesome.”

The pair began talks with QBSD in August after being recommended by Dean Currie, father of Ben, who currently races the British Superbike development series for the team.

“We’ll be riding alongside Ben for the last two rounds in Spain which will be really good – three Gippslanders in the same team overseas,” Nathan said.

Fresh from a one-two finish in the 2013 VRRC Superbike series, and more recently a combined victory in the Hughie Hoare Memorial Endurance Race, the duo will fly out in early November for testing prior to the 17 and 24 November championship rounds.

Aiming for a top 10 finish in their ‘trial run’, Nathan and Tyson have already begun preparation for the foreign circuits which await.

“We’ve never ridden anywhere over there so it’s only on board videos and stuff to get your head around it,” Tyson said.

“It’s going to be good (doing it together) especially learning the new tracks and new bikes; we should be able to help each other out a lot to make it easier and quicker for both of us to get on the pace.”

Having made their debut in 2010, when they finished one and two in the Hartwell Motorcycle Club feature series, the boys said the chance to go international came sooner than expected, but they were keen to make the most of it.

“It’s a new challenge to go over there somewhere we’ve never been, tracks we’ve never ridden on and a team we’ve never worked with before, so it’s really exciting,” Nathan said.

“If we work well with the team, enjoy ourselves over there and the results are alright I think the opportunity will hopefully be there to ride the full season next year.”

Contending with foreign competition may not be the only challenge; the foreign tongue presents another conundrum.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, but I don’t know any Spanish so we’ll see how we go… luckily we’re with a UK-based team,” Nathan said.

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