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Pinson and Best building for Ducati TriOptions Cup debut

Defending British Junior Supersport champion Elliot Pinson has announced a move to the Ducati TriOptions Cup ahead of the 2020 season with Massingberd-Mundy SymCirrus.

Sixteen-year-old Elliot won the Cool Fab Racing Minibike Championship in 2015 before winning the Team Green Junior Cup in 2016 followed by the Dickies British Junior Supersport Championship last season.

Elliot said: “I can’t wait for the season to start as this is the next step in realising my dream of becoming a professional rider. It’ll be my first time racing on a much more powerful production bike and I’m really looking forward to our first outing in Spain in February.

“This opportunity came about thanks to Massingberd-Mundy which was keen to sponsor a team in the series. Although they have been involved in motorsport for a long time and supported me as a rider last year, they’ve never been a title sponsor before so it’s a new chapter for them too.”

Teammate Edmund Best started out as a grass track rider, winning the British Grass Track Championship six times before making the switch to tarmac in 2012 competing in the Aprillia Superteens Championship and then with SymCirrus Motorsport in 2015.

Last season the 18-year-old from Market Harborough finished sixth in the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship taking a podium at Oulton Park.

Edmund said: "I'm really excited to be a part of the Massingberg-Mundy team and can't wait to get started. I think the transition from the moto3 to the Ducati v2 will be hard, but I am looking forward to the challenge."

Massingberd-Mundy SymCirrus Team Co-ordinator Keith Pinson added: “This is a momentous step up for the riders and the team. Although we’ve competed at all the circuits in the past, apart from Assen for Elliot, this will be Elliot’s and Edmund’s first outing on the Ducati, so unfortunately, we have no previous data to work from.

“We’ll be breaking a lot of new ground this season but we’re confident we can be at the sharp end thanks to the fantastic support we’ve received from our title sponsors Massingberd-Mundy which shares the team’s passion for nurturing and developing young talent.

“We’d also like to thank Mupo Race Suspension, GBRacing, EBC Brakes, Doing It for Dan, Nexx Helmets, Macna, Formaboots, Bernard Elliott Racing, Factory Agencies, GLL Sports Foundation, Pumpkin Print, Stanair and Millhill Interiors, many of whom have been involved with the team for several years.”

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