Former MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race winner Scott Smart had added his name to an impressive list of riders lining up in the 2013 British Supersport Championship after signing for Oxford TAG Triumph. The team will field riders in both the Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship and have recently taken delivery of […]
Former MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race winner Scott Smart had added his name to an impressive list of riders lining up in the 2013 British Supersport Championship after signing for Oxford TAG Triumph.
The team will field riders in both the Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship and have recently taken delivery of the brand new Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycles it will enter in next year’s series.
Smart is joined by new team member John Simpson, the Manx TT winner from Ballymena, who has raced the British three-cylinder machines almost exclusively during his short career and has plenty of experience on the Triumph. Eazi-Grip have been offering product support to both Oxford TAG Triumph and John during 2012 and look forward to offering continued support during 2013.
Nottingham’s Richard Cooper, sixth in last year’s series, is back in the team for a second season and Shaun Winfield completes the line up in the Supersport class. Winfield’s younger brother Gary will compete with the R version of Daytona 675 in the Superstock 600 class.
Team owner Rob Winfield said: “We are delighted to settle our rider line-up before Christmas. The new bikes have just arrived at our workshops and we are working hard to develop them ahead of our pre-season testing programme. Bringing in a rider of Scott’s calibre is a real coup for the team. Not only is he a top rider, it is also well known that he is a very gifted engineer with a great ability to develop a bike. That’s going to give us a real advantage as we develop the new Daytona 675 into a title-challenging race bike.
“John’s got a great record on Triumphs, having started out in the T3 challenge before winning the Supersport Cup and experiencing a short spell in European Superstock, all on Daytona 675s. At 22, he’s got a great future ahead of him and I hope that we can help take his career to another level. Richard joined us last year and did a great job, finishing on the podium four times in the last three rounds and ending up sixth in the final standings. We know that he is a quality rider and we are aiming even higher in 2013.
“Finally Shaun and Gary will continue their progress with us. Both are still young and will have a chance to develop over the year. Shaun will race in the Supersport class, while Gary will be the team’s only rider in Superstock.”