THE Young Riders Fund is delighted to announce the first of its YRF Juniors members for 2012.

Ross Turner, aged eight of Shropshire, has been chosen as the first member of the newly-formed YRF Juniors scheme.

The new initiative has been introduced by the YRF to find budding child racing stars and give them a helping hand as they learn their way around the fast-paced world of motorcycle racing with non-financial help and support.

Ross is the first of three bright young stars who will receive help from the YRF in 2012.

The youngster has been riding motorcycles since the age of three, but only started racing two years ago.

Already he is making his mark in the Minimoto world, and for 2012 will contest the Fab Racing Minimoto Championship, entering the 4.2 Junior and Junior Production classes.

Under the watchful eye of dad Simon, Ross will also spend some of the year getting to grips with his bigger 50cc Metrakit machine.

With the YRF Juniors he will get the chance to attend rounds of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, meet key race personnel and spend time with the YRF’s current supported riders Josh Elliott and Niall Campbell.

He will also receive help and guidance in working with the media both local and national, and will be able to post race reports and news here on the YRF website to keep supporters up to date with his progress.

Lee Vasey of the Young Riders Fund said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Ross to the YRF Juniors and the YRF fold.  At just eight-years-old he has already shown some potential star quality and we  look forward to working closely with him in 2012.

“The whole ethos behind the Young Riders Fund is to help young, up and coming stars, and now with the YRF Juniors we can help even younger riders like Ross.”

Ross will now display the YRF logo on his bike for the season and will receive branded YRF merchandise.

For more information on Ross Turner see his profile here: Ross Turner Profile