2017 was a standout year for Charlie Hatton, one in which he firmly established himself as one of the UK's brightest talents. Having taken the BDS overall and a flurry of top-20's in the World Cup as a first-year elite, Charlie secured a big-name move to Trek Factory Racing and the opportunity to team up with the Athertons. 

Fast forward to this season and it started well-enough; a top 40 at the opening round in Losinj and a 14th in Fort William showed that he'd not lost any of his pace during the offseason. That was until a nasty crash in Leogang put him out of action and nursing a broken wrist heading into Val di Sole and Vallnord; two tracks that you'd rather not be rehabilitating an injured wrist on. Now reaching full-fitness again, Charlie will be looking to end the season on a high. So, who better to step up to the plate and throw down for Bulletproof talent?

We linked up for an afternoon in Llangollen and Charlie was ripping from the off, no warm-up necessary. He even guinea pigged the new wooded section; a mini-A line with some of the biggest features you'll find on the infamous Welsh hillside that’s due to be used in the upcoming Proper Downhill Racing series. Safe to say the 20-year old has laid down a marker for whoever's up next.