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Dawson set for Challenge debut at Donington Park

Louis Dawson will become the youngest rider to line up on the Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge grid at Donington Park next weekend as he make his debut for the Ducati Wolverhampton team at the second round of the season.

Dawson has previous experience in the Superteens class and most recently in the Aprilia RRV450 series, where he will also race during this season as he uses his debut campaign to build up experience in the Challenge. The young contender is now looking to follow in the wheel tracks of his father Tony who previously raced in Ducati in Sound of Thunder, World BEARS series and Battle of the Twins, before his parents ran a  Ducati 748RS in the British Supersport Championship until 2003 when they opened Ducati Wolverhampton.

Dawson said: "I am currently working on the race prep of my Ducati 848 for my inaugural entry in the Challenge. My parents own Ducati Wolverhampton where I now work as a junior technician, so I'm looking forward to racing on a Ducati at last. My parents have always been involved with racing but took a step back to concentrate on the business until I reached 13 when I badgered them to let me start! I'm still quite a newbie compared to a lot of the riders I'm competing against as until I stepped onto the RS125 at Brands Hatch a few years ago I'd not done any racing at all. With the world's top riders in the paddock, the World Superbike round at Donington Park is a big change from my usual race meetings and I'm looking forward to being part of this huge event.

"I'd like to thank Ducati UK for their enthusiasm and encouragement with my entry in the 848 Challenge and special thanks to Managing Director, Tim Maccabee. Ducati Wolverhampton have provided me with my race bike, workshop time and space together with all of the race preparation, for which I'm very grateful."