Attack Performance have decided that for their return wildcard appearances at the three American races on the MotoGP calendar in Austin,Indianapolis and Laguna Seca that they will field two-time AMA Superbike runner-up Blake Young.
The 25 year old American takes over the role from Steve Rapp, who rode the Kawasaki CRT entry for the team in 2012 but failed to make the qualifying time limit in Laguna Seca. Rapp then placed 14th in Indianapolis after a protest by the team, claiming James Ellison and his Paul Bird Motorsports bike had gained an advantage from his gearbox issues.
Rapp also came in for criticism post race from Jorge Lorenzo, who accused him of “riding like he was defending first position” as he attempted to lap the American.
Young told CycleNews.com:“I think they did a really good job last year and Steve Rapp rode the bike really well…They gave me a call and asked if I’d be interested…at this point I’m pretty much interested in anything and I think this is a good opportunity.”
“To be in the paddock and learn from those guys…I’m fairly young and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Maybe CRT is the future and I’d like to be on an American team at the American rounds”.
Young found himself unemployed when after four years with Yoshimura Suzuki his contract wasn’t renewed. The American had finished second in the AMA Superbike championship in both 2011 and 2012 chalking up 13 race wins while with the team.
GP Tech also plan to race at the American Rounds this season, Aaron Yates rode their debut CRT effort to 16th at the Indianapolis grand prix in 2012.
Other wild card rides to look forward to in 2013 include Martin Bauer for the Austrian team Schwarz & Bronnen and Michele Pirro who returns to MotoGP action for Jerez, Mugello and Misano in addition to his regular role as Ducati test rider.