Ashley makes her mark in motorcycle racing

ASHLEY Robson on her 125 cc racing bike, pictured with her bother Zac and the Willie Brown Trophy which she won at Knockhill.
ASHLEY Robson on her 125 cc racing bike, pictured with her bother Zac and the Willie Brown Trophy which she won at Knockhill.

A 12-year-old Johnshaven girl is making a name for herself in the tough world of motorcycle racing.

Ashley Robson, who is in S1 at Mearns Academy, is racing 125cc bikes this season, having previously riden mini moto bikes for three or four years.

F125 racing is staged at Scotland’s two major race tracks, East Fortune and Knockhill and Ashley is one half of XL Racing with her 15-year-old brother Zac who is in his second year racing 125s.

Zac is currently out of action having smashed his bike.

Ashley raced at East Fortune a few weeks ago, then in only her second ever race, at Knockhill, she won the Willie Brown Trophy, a trophy in memory of head marshall Willie Brown who died earlier this year.

Ashley and Zac are sponsored by Phil G Services, an electrical company from Aberdeen and Aberdeen Metal Recycling Ltd. The team are looking for more sponsors to assist them in what is an expensive sport.

Ashley is the only girl racing in the 125s and finds herself racing against her brother as well as with him as part of the team.

She runs and cycles to keep fit for what is a physically demanding sport.

Her best time so far for a lap of the Knockhill track is 1 minute 18 seconds, an average speed of 62 mph.

Her mum Hazel says it is nerve-wracking experience watching her daughter race, but that she is very proud of both Ashley and Zac.