Towers ready for title defence – with fun along the way

In Features, Thundersport GB
Jonny Towers testing 2018

JONNY Towers is ready to mount his Thundersport GB Supertwin title defence – but says enjoyment is paramount this season.

The RST boss took the title at Oulton Park last September with a round still in hand, after narrowly missing out to John Simpson in 2016.

Jonny Towers and Ryan Farquhar
Boys and their bikes: Farquhar has built Towers a couple of weapons…

Now, with just a week to go before Thundersport GB’s 2018 season gets underway at Donington Park, he’s poised and ready for what he hopes will be another strong year.

Having teamed up with Ryan Farquhar towards the end of last year, Towers now has two totally rebuilt weapons, and early indications are good.

“Ryan took both bikes away back to his place over winter and spent three months developing and rebuilding both from scratch and what he brought back blew me away,” he told UK Clubsport.

Jonny Towers Almeria
JT was ‘blown away’ when he tested the machines in Spain…

“He has taken everything that he has learnt over the years to them and I now have two incredible bikes.

“He’s tuned them to show more power than I’ve ever had before and at the same time developing the chassis and cutting the weight right back. Chris Nield from Dyno Pro has put new electronics on both and the way the bikes fuel and drive now is amazing.”

Following a test in Spain recently, Towers admits he hasn’t yet decided which of the machines he will use, and will make up his mind next week.

“In the past I have always preferred the older model, but after three days on both bikes I can honestly say I don’t know which is my favourite. I did identical lap times on both, so I will decide what to run at the Thundersport test day on Friday and go from there.”

It was son Lucas – seen here with JT at Donington Park last year – who convinced him to run the number one plate…

Towers will enjoy full support from both Farquhar and Nield all season, with Ryan attending whichever rounds don’t clash with his road racing commitments and Chris on hand at every one.

And in a change from his traditional number 17, he has decided to embrace his championship win and run the coveted number one place this season – but only after he was persuaded by his son.

“I was all set to run 17 again but Lucas questioned as to why. I told him it was for good luck, but he told me he didn’t think a simple number gives you luck, it just identifies you.

“He thought I should run the number one plate this year because I’m champ, and after thinking about it I realised he was right – so, number one it is!”

Having kept on top of his fitness game over the winter, Towers is definitely coming out fighting, but he is also determined to keep the fun element high.

“I made sure I kept myself in decent shape over the winter. I got some saddle time in December when I raced in South Africa, and then we had testing in Spain. I also did more than 6500kms on the bicycle in three months so I’m pin sharp for the season.

Jonny Towers cycling
Fitness fiend: He clocked up a mere 6500kms in three months on his other bike…

Greg Madero on Paul Jinks’ SVR is going to competitive and I’ve heard entries are up so I’m hoping there will be some strong packages in there to make the racing really exciting.

“But I’m also looking forward to enjoying myself. Last year I concentrated so hard on winning that I sometimes forgot to enjoy myself.

“But with the win last year, this one will be about enjoying it and spending time with the great people of Team Edge RST.

“I’m in a no-lose situation so I plan to make the most of this season. I can’t wait for Donington.”

*Images: Supplied by Jonny Towers

*Podium image: UK Clubsport

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