MARK Herbertson is searching far and wide for a ride at this year’s Classic TT after bike suppliers have been forced to withdraw.
The long-time Isle of Man TT competitor is now on the hunt for two machines to complete his three-race entry at August’s Festival of Motorcycling as he seeks to once again crack the top 10.
Herbertson, whose best finish at the Classic TT came in the 2015 350cc race aboard a 1969 AJS 7R, already has a Gilbert Brown & Son ZXR750 Kawasaki at his disposal to ride in the Classic Superbike race, but has as of yet no rides for either the 500 Senior Classic or the 350 Junior Classic.
After a runner-up finish in the Single Cylinder race at this year’s Pre-TT Classic races at Billown aboard Alan Hermiston’s AJS 7R, he planned to campaign both that and Hermiston’s Matchless G50 on the Mountain Course.
But Hermiston was recently forced to axe Classic TT plans after his wife Maureen’s battle against cancer took a turn for the worst.
Following a let-down at last year’s CTT, which was saved at the 11th hour by Paul Matravers, Herbertson is hoping another party can step in.
“Make model and type are not of concern to me as long as they are up to the task in hand,” he said.
“Even if you are unable to go yourself with the bikes and you have a spare bike or bikes that you would like to see competing at the Classic TT, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.”
“It goes without question that tyres, fuel and running cost will be met by me and any subsequent repairs or damage will also be fully covered.”
Herbertson can be contacted on 07715 366344
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