Bradley Ray, from Lydd in Kent, is a multi-award winning racer who’s competing at the 2019 British Superbike (BSB) championship as a member of the Buildbase Suzuki team (Hawk Racing).
Brad already has 14 years’ motorcycle racing experience, having started his career at the age of six, and having taken part in his first championship at just 13!
Brad’s enjoyed a rapid rise up the racing ranks, with several wins already behind him: At 2018’s championship, he took two race wins at Cadwell Park and Donington Park, and was also a World Superbike wildcard entry at Donington. Another highlight was Brad’s win at the US MotoGP event in the Red Bull Rookies race.
Nickname Milky Bar Kid
How did you get into riding motorbikes? I was taken by my mum to watch a race at Lydd in Kent, and after that I joined the FabRacing series.
What are your hobbies and interests? BMX riding, motocross and snowboarding. Training takes up a lot of my time these days!
What is your favourite race course to ride on? Any I win on! Overseas it’s Jerez in Spain, in the UK it’s Donington Park.
What is your best riding moment – yours or someone else’s? The double win on my Hawk Racing Suzuki at Donington Park 2018. Also, I have great admiration for what Marc Marquez has done in winning seven World Championships.
What are the best things about riding for Hawk Racing? I like the tight-knit approach that everyone takes in getting the very best out of every opportunity to improve. The level of camaraderie is very high and the team have been able to facilitate some great opportunities. The icing on the cake was riding the factory Suzuki MotoGP bike in a recent test.
What are your ambitions? The same as every young rider, to compete in MotoGP.
How confident are you about the BSB championship in 2019? I’m always confident. Our first objective is to ensure we are in the showdown, then go on and win it.