A YOUNG Bolton motorcycle racer is revving up for his biggest season yet on the British Superbikes circuit.
Scott Dootson from Bromley Cross will make his debut in the Monster Energy Motostar British Championship at Brands Hatch in April having had a rapid rise on his Honda RS 125GP since starting to race competitively at the age of 16.
Now 21, the Salford University student is relishing a step up as he looks to one day become Bolton’s first MotoGP champion.
It is a family affair for the youngster whose dad David is his mechanic and has been his biggest supporter since he first jumped on a motorbike at the age of four.
Now the Dootson Racing team are moving up through the gears.
Scott told The Bolton News: “It is exciting for us to be joining the British Superbikes circuit.
“The Motostar British Championship is a support for the main British Superbikes and we race on the same tracks just before the main event.
“The first one is at Brands Hatch which, although not one of my dad’s favourite tracks, is a famous circuit.
“Not only will it be great racing at a higher level but to experience the atmosphere and the crowd will be special as well.
“We are planning a couple of races at first this season just to get used to what is expected both on and off the track at the higher level.”
Scott’s first machine was a small dirt bike when he was four and he went on to do trials racing.
But it was not until he was 16 he decided road racing was the future and he won the championship in his first season at Tonfanau (Wales) in 2007 and then again the following year.
Five years on and he has had lots of success with the Preston and District Motorcycle Club.
They hold a championship at the Three Sisters track in Wigan and Scott recently won their most prestigious award, the club shield.
He also won the club’s Single-Cylinder Championship last year and came runner-up in the Up To 500cc Championship and the 50cc Championship.
Scott said: “I also smashed several lap records at the circuit last year and received rider-of-the-meeting twice.
“It’s been a brilliant year. I couldn’t have wished things to have gone better.
“This is the next progression for me.
“Since my dad got me into 50cc racing at 16, this is all I have wanted to do.
“The dream is to race professionally, maybe be Bolton’s first champion and emulate a hero of mine, Valentino Rossi.
“I know it’ll be tough but I often race with the current Motostar champion Tom Carne, who hails from Haslingden, so I have an idea of the standard.”
Scott says success only comes with a great support team.
As well as his dad and fellow mechanic Chris Alty, he is grateful to sponsor Mark Owen from Newave Heating Limited of Turton Road.
“Mark has supported us from the start,” he added.
“He comes to all our races and he is passionate about racing and also winning.
“But we are also looking for more sponsors so we can progress even further in 2014.”