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Yes, that’s BSB star Bradley Ray doing his CBT

Despite riding bikes since he was four years old and being one of the fastest guys on two-wheels, Bradley Ray has never taken his motorcycle test. He’s now taking his first steps.

Buildbase Suzuki British Superbike rider Bradley Ray has had a few tense moments in his amazing racing career, but it seems he’s just like the rest of us when it comes to being tested on his skills – he feels the pressure!

Although he’s been riding since the age of four, Bradley doesn’t yet hold a full motorcycle licence. “I was four when I first rode a motorbike. I rode a mini moto in the garden and started racing at six and have been ever since. But getting my licence was something I’ve wanted to do. I wasn’t too nervous, but felt a bit of pressure!”

Bradley Ray Suzuki
© Suzuki GB | Bradley on his ‘big bike’ GSX-R1000 at the British Superbike Championship, Donington Park

He took the first steps to get his A2 licence (he’s still only 21, remember) by taking his CBT this week with Shires Motorcycle Training at Suzuki dealership Wheels Motorcycles. Ray completed a number of manoeuvres – including a figure of eight – before a two-hour observed road ride that included the mandatory emergency stop and U-turn.

After the test had finished the superbike star said, “Obviously I know how to ride a bike, but it’s being able to ride a bike to their standard. It sounds silly, I’ll go around a corner at 150mph, but when they got me to do a figure of eight, I’ve never concentrated so hard in my life.”

Bradley took the test on the latest Suzuki GSX-R125, appropriately for him the fastest-accelerating bike in its class. “The bike was mega though, was a lot of fun blasting around the roads on it.”

Did that blasting around mean he passed or failed? The good news is he passed, and Bradley is now looking forward to going for an A2 licence, although when that will happen, due to his busy testing and racing schedule, is difficult to say. For now though, a spin on the baby Gixxer should be enough: “I probably don’t get as much chance as some to ride on the road with the racing, but when it’s a nice, sunny day and I fancy going out on the bike and going for a ride, I can.”

Get yourself sorted:

If you haven’t taken your test either, there’s lots of great information on how to go about it over at

If you’ve already passed your CBT, there’s a bit of a bargain to be had at the moment with the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125  until the end of July 2018. Both are available with £500 off the usual retail price, as well as low-rate finance. Having ridden both ourselves, we know these bikes are proper little pocket rockets and a lot of fun.

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