HARRY Truelove and Bradley Perie will spearhead Appleyard Macadam Yamaha’s bid to reclaim the Quattro British Supersport crown this season.
While multiple race winner Truelove joins the squad after a strong campaign on an R6 last year, Perie is back with the team after leading the series last year as he quickly established himself as a title fighter early doors.
“I know lots of people say this but I’ve never felt better prepared going into a race season,” Perie said. “I learned so much, good and bad but couldn’t do much to change things as we were racing pretty much every weekend.
“Now I’ve got two new mechanics, a year of experience and for the first time ever I’m going testing, I can’t wait! This season the objective is clear and I feel confident we can go for wins again and push for the title.”
Truelove added: “It feels good to be joining the team, they have a great set-up and long pedigree.
“We’ve always run a team ourselves but want to step it up in terms of professionalism which is what Appleyard Macadam provide. The wins showed me that we can be up there and my goal is to fight for the championship, it just takes a lot of hard work and a little luck.”
Team Owner Robin Appleyard believes this could be the team’s best opportunity to claim that elusive fifth Supersport title.
“We know Brad has great outright speed and can help him put a championship campaign together,” he admitted. “Harry is a strong rider and showed his form a couple of times last year, I think riding in our team with the bikes and experience we can supply, we can improve his consistency.
“We’ve had a busy off-season, looked at where we can improve both personnel and machinery so strengthened our allegiance with Yamaha and so are looking forward to being competitive and importantly consistent …two areas both lads can improve.”
The team is preparing for a four day test in Southern Spain in just a few weeks’ time.