NEW Zealand’s Jay Lawrence is gearing up for his maiden assault on the Isle of Man TT as he teams up with Buildbase Suzuki and Carl Cox Motorsport.
The Kiwi rider heads for the blue riband event after making his Mountain Course debut last year at the Classic TT, where he just missed out on a top-20 finish aboard a Team Classic Suzuki Katana.
But Cemetery Circuit winner Lawrence is now back for more as part of the Hawk Racing squad and with legendary DJ Cox backing him once again, he is hoping to make big strides.
“It was great to get those first laps at the Island under my belt with Team Classic Suzuki but now it’s the real deal,” Lawrence admitted. “I have to thank Carl Cox again for supporting me and the fantastic opportunity we have with Buildbase Suzuki/Hawk Racing who have such a strong TT pedigree – I’m looking forward to getting to know them better and spin some laps, before we head across to the Island in a few weeks time.
“I’ve always loved street courses like the Cemetery Circuit back in NZ but of course the TT is the absolute pinnacle for me and many road racers. I’m under no illusion as to the size of the learning curve needed and the strength of the competition, but we have to start somewhere.”
Buildbase Suzuki team manager Steve Hicken, who is currently busy supporting National Superstock 1000 championship favourite and UK Clubsport track guide guru Richard Cooper in his roads debut at the North West 200, added that while it may not be something his squad is accustomed to, he’s raring to go.
“Jay’s got an impressive CV, Suzuki GSX-R1000R experience, and has already completed laps of the TT course so we’re not starting from scratch,” he said. “He’s going to be coming in with his own goals, and if we can help him have a safe couple of weeks and improve his pace every time he goes out, it’ll be a successful couple of weeks.
“It’s a different approach to the TT for us this year, but something we’re looking forward to all the same.”
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