Recently turned 17-year-old Caleb Gilmore has re-signed with Metcher Motorsport to take on the 2021 Australian Superbike (ASBK) 300 Supersport Championship.
Gilmore turned heads at the first round of ASBK in February at the iconic Phillip Island GP Circuit, where he finished in fourth place overall amongst a packed field of over 35 talented riders.
Unfortunately, Gilmore was unable to compete in the remainder of the ASBK SS300 Championship due to border restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
With offers to race in Europe in 2021 as part of the Yamaha 300 bLU cRU at the WSS / BSB and CIV in Italy, Gilmore decided another year with his race team based in Australia would be the best step moving forward.
"I need more time to develop personally and grow in my race craft with the mentoring and coaching from Jed. The Metcher team have embraced me and we agree 2020 has left a lot of unfinished business."
This means that Gilmore will not compete in the final two rounds of the 2021 NZSBK SS300 Championship. He relocates to Melbourne after the second round of NZSBK to prepare for ASBK.
Having only been road racing for two years, Gilmore has already impressed several teams and riders within the motorcycle industry where he has often been competing against much older and more experienced riders.
The 2019 New Zealand Champion Daniel Mettam, who has raced alongside Gilmore as a mentor in the 2019 Gixxer Cup comments:
"Straight away I was very impressed with not only his talent and speed but the approach he has to the sport."
The first round of the Australian Championship will kick off on 20th and 21st February at Phillip Island.
Words: Michael Wincott & Aaron Staples