SUPERTWIN champion Johnny Towers and roads ace Ryan Farquhar have revealed they will run Ian Hutchinson in this year’s Isle of Man TT Lightweight race.
The news comes just a week after the 16-time TT winner was finally back in action, picking up a couple victories with EMRA at Mallory Park a mere two days after the cage on his leg was removed.
And after announcing his intention to race at the Northwest 200 this week, Hutchy looks set for a busy month as he gets back into international roads competition.
RST boss and reigning Thundersport GB Supertwin champ Johnny Towers, who made his own switch to KMR machinery in 2017 en route to the title, admits his elation to have his company’s most successful TT rider onboard an RST-sponsored Kawasaki 650.
“Ian winning the RST Superbike race last year was a proud moment for us,” he said. “Having him riding an RST sponsored machine was the only thing we could think of to top last years success.
“And having ridden one of Ryan’s machines myself, to have Ian on the RST KMR machine seems like the perfect combination.”
Bike builder and former roads man Farquhar has already enjoyed success with podiums, wins and championships to his squad’s name, and says he’s hoping to continue the strong run of form for his machinery at the TT this year.
“Having a another legendary TT rider on a KMR bike at this year’s TT is fantastic,” Farquhar said, “and running a team with RST is the icing on the cake.
“We’ve been smashing lap records with Jonny this year and heading to the TT with Hutchy is a really exciting prospect.”
Hutchinson, who has never raced a Lightweight bike at the TT, feels he’s going in with the best bike he can get.
He said: “I’ve been riding in RST for the last eight years and I’m really excited to be riding the RST KMR bike.”
“I’ve raced against Ryan and I know the level of machine his KMR team turn out… I wouldn’t be riding it if I didn’t think I had the team and bike behind me to win.”
Peter Hickman, Derek McGee and Danny Webb will join Hutchy as they are all set to pilot Farquhar-built Kawasakis.
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