Intense Racing UK is happy to announce that Charlie Hatton will be moving on from the team in 2018 after performing so well throughout 2017

“Intense Racing UK was set up in 2017 as a platform to prepare racers for the next level of competition,” says IRUK marketing manager Declan Deehan. “Charlie has been the perfect example of that ethos in our first year. Thanks to the opportunities afforded by our support and that of our sponsors – Charlie’s hard work has brought in some very well-deserved results. Watching that happen has been incredible for us. He has a bright future in the sport and we wish him all the best as he progresses to the top of the DH world – he’s one to watch for sure.”

Charlie himself is rightly pleased with how the 2017 season panned out. “What a year!” he says. “It was my first season in elite and I didn’t really know what to expect, I was looking forward to the challenge but obviously nervous. Racing against the world’s best is a daunting thought, I had to put that aside and just get stuck in. No expectations, no pressure and great support. This is partly why my season went above and beyond my goals.

“Intense Racing UK gave me a great opportunity, racing on the best products out there and working with the passionate Saddleback staff. The support at races was spot on, mechanic Andy Lund was faultless on the tools and has a good race head. This platform gave me the confidence and belief to go flat out!

“I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved for an awesome year and I wish the team all the best in future.”

The Saddleback team would like to wish Charlie the best of luck for the future and thank him for all his hard work. Thanks are also due to all the sponsors involved in the programme, who have helped greatly in giving all our riders the platform to perform at their best.

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