DOUBLE Formula Prostocks Bandit champ James McHardy says there will be a huge target on his back next season when he takes to the track aboard the Team Classic Suzuki GSF600.
McHardy took the title for the second year in succession as the Black Widow Bandit Challenge went down to the last race of the year at Oulton Park.
This year’s prize was a freshly-prepared Team Classic Suzuki machine to race in next year’s series, which he received during a high profile presentation on the main stage at Motorcycle Live this week.
The machine has been prepared in partnership with Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme and has been built to the series’ strict regulations, which allow only Mk1 or Mk2 GSF600s and limit modifications to help keep costs low.
And after taking the title for two years in a row, McHardy is hoping he can make it a hat-trick in 2019 – but admits he could face a tough battle.
“There’s going to be a bit target on my back next year with plenty wanting to take this Bandit off my hands,” he said. “But I’ll be trying hard to win it for a third time.
“I’m really looking forward to riding the Team Classic Suzuki Bandit. It looks so well prepared and put together, it’s going to be great to run it next season for the team.
“It’s a great class and a great club, everyone gets together in the evenings and there’s a real camaraderie and I’m excited about doing it again in 2019. A massive thank you to Team Classic Suzuki for supporting the series and giving me the opportunity to ride their machine.”
Suzuki GB’s Tim Davies added, “We can’t wait to see James in action on the bike. We really enjoyed raiding our Vintage Parts Programme to build it this year – it was fully rebuilt and freshly prepared by Nathan Colombi – and it looks fantastic, and it was brilliant to be able to formally hand it over at Motorcycle Live.
“We’ll be supporting James with a spares package and Motul is kindly supplying an oil package as well. Hopefully he’s got everything he needs to win the title next year and make it a hat-trick.”
*Images: Team Classic Suzuki