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Manx teenager Callan Cooper signs for RCD Motorsport

Callan Cooper
Cooper won 12 races in his rookie year in the Aprilia Superteen Championship

Manx teenager Callan Cooper is set to ride for the RCD Motorsport team in 2011, under the guidance of former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson.

The Lezayre rider will team up with current champion Tom Carne in the British 125GP Championship, which runs alongside the British Superbike Series.

"It is a fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to the season ahead," said the 14-year-old.

The first round of the series will be held at Brands Hatch in April.

"My ambitions for 2011 are to learn as much as possible from my mentors Neil (Hodgson) and his dad Mark and to progress on to the podium by the end of the season.

"My ambition is to become the first Manx MotoGP racer," added the former national maotorcross champion.

In 2010, current champion Carne, 17, won six races in the ThundersportGB series, before clinching the title at Donington in the final race.

Hodgson's winning streak extends to nine races
Hodgson won the World Superbike Championship in 2003

"Next year will be a great opportunity to show my team and supporters just what I can do and working with Neil will be brilliant," he said.

Isle of Man resident Hodgson, who retired earlier this year after a hefty crash in the first round of the Superbikes series, will work alongside his father, who will manage the long-term project.

Mark Hodgson is no stranger to the BSB Paddock having won numerous British titles under the banner of his Burnley-based RCD Motorsport team.

He ran some highly talented 125GP riders including Les Woods, Leon Camier and his son Neil who was British champion in 1992 aged just 18.

Neil went on to ride for Ducati and Kawasaki in the World Superbike Championships before becoming British champion with GSE Racing in 2000.

His world title in 2003 saw him nominated as BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the following year he switched to MotoGP, finishing 17th in the World Championships.



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