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Born into a motorcycling family, Rory started racing mini-motos at the age of seven. After taking the ‘Novice of the Year’ title in the 2008 Scottish championships, he progressed to become runner-up in 2009 and the Scottish Junior 4.2 Mini Moto Champion in 2010.

That year also saw Rory head south and compete in the FAB Racing British Championship, where he won both the Junior and Junior Production Mini Moto titles. Two more British titles came the following year, in addition to winning the MiniGP 50cc championship on a Metrakit GP50 machine. In 2012 he moved up and won the British MiniGP 70cc title, along with the British Junior Production Mini Moto class.

Recognising his talent, the Scottish Auto Cycle Union granted Rory special dispensation to ride in the Formula 125 class at the age of 11, rather than the usual 12. Riding against older and more experienced riders on 125cc bikes Rory on his GP80 machine remarkably ended the season with a further three titles to his name.

After turning 12 in September, Rory was invited to compete at the final Aprilia Superteen challenge race of the season at Donington Park. Riding a borrowed Aprilia RS125 on a track he had never previously ridden on, Rory went on to top the podium in one of his four races, becoming the youngest ever race winner in this competitive and highly prestigious series.

In 2014, Rory entered the Superteen series full-time. A series which has developed the careers of a whole host of professional riders, including world champions Casey Stoner, Cal Crutchlow, Sam Lowes and Chaz Davies, and Rory was determined to follow in the wheel tracks of such illustrious talent and make it to the MotoGP stage.  After a fantastic season Rory won the Superteens Championship on his 13th birthday, adding his name to this prestigious winner’s trophy.

In between Superteen rounds, Rory took part in some rounds of the Scottish Championships at Knockhill and East Fortune, honing his skills on a Honda RS125 GP machine which he had once again been given special dispensation to ride in Scotland by the Scottish Auto Cycle Union.

During the 2014 season Rory also had the opportunity to wildcard in the European Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup which came to Brands Hatch for the BSB round.  Rory was then invited back for a second wildcard this time at Assen where he finished on the podium.

Behind the scenes were some truly great sponsors who all played a pivotal role in the 2014 season. Tokheim came on board and British insurance giants Bennetts picked Rory up after a ‘search for a star’ campaign and helped him out in numerous ways throughout the year including enlisting the help of Ex British and World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson to advise and mentor Rory.

In October 2014 Rory was invited to attend the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 3 day Selection Event.  From over 1000 applicants from around the world, 108 riders were invited to Guadix Circuit in Spain. Over the course of 3 days a panel of experts selected twelve of the best young riders from around the world to join the 2015 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup… and Rory was one of them.

To round off a perfect year, Rory was contacted by Racing Steps Foundation who, having watched his progress over the past two years, wanted to help take him forward to reach his future potential.

In 2015, with the backing of Racing Steps Foundation, Rory joined Team KRP run by Mark Keen and entered the international stage with the Spanish RFME CEV National Championship. Following his 14th birthday in September, he then also dipped his toe into the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship (the breeding ground for past, present and future MotoGP stars). Running alongside his RSF campaign Rory was also competing throughout Europe in the prestigious Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup (support race series to MotoGP through which both of 2015’s Moto3 and Moto2 Champions graduated).  Bennetts carried on their support for Rory throughout the 2015 season as did Tokheim and Rory was also confirmed as an Arai supported rider for all championships.

Rory made huge progress throughout 2015 thanks to the support of Racing Steps Foundation, Mark Keen and the KRP team as well as the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup team.

Exciting times ahead for 2016 on two complementary paths with Racing Steps Foundation confirming their backing of Rory in the 2016 FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship with Team KRP and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup team inviting Rory back to compete for a second season in the 2016 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.