Isle of Man TT aces Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins have confirmed they will compete in the 2013 Classic TT. The current day TT stars will campaign in the inaugural event for Team Classic Suzuki, which has announced its support for the inaugural race by outlining their intention to contest the races and participate in a parade lap.
Team Classic Suzuki, owned by Northamptonshire businessman Steve Wheatman, is one of the foremost attractions on the international classic motorcycle scene with its vast collection of authentic Suzuki Grand Prix racers from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Some of the most famous names from Suzuki’s racing history regularly ride for the team in parade events including Randy Mamola, Wil Hartog, Phil Read MBE, Graeme Crosby, Mick Grant, and Kevin Schwantz.
Team Classic Suzuki also has a successful racing pedigree, with former Grand Prix ace Sean Emmett leading the team’s short circuit effort scoring numerous wins in the 2012 Classic Racing Motorcycle Club series, with Dunlop heading up their road race effort, taking Manx GP victory for the team in 2010 and 2012.
Three-time TT winner Dunlop will again lead the team at the Classic TT, contesting the Formula One race where he will be joined by Manxman Cummins. Both riders will be on board the latest specification 16-valve XR69 Suzuki machines.
Dunlop and Cummins will be joined by female TT and Manx GP regular Maria Costello MBE, who will be out on a Harris framed GSXR750 Suzuki whilst 2012 Manx GP Senior Race winner and former British Supersport Cup Champion, John Simpson completes the line up on board an iconic RG500 machine, which will no doubt delight the fans of true thoroughbred Grand Prix racing motorcycles.
Seven-time TT winner Mick Grant will take on the role of Team Co-Ordinator for the event with former Suzuki race team mechanics Paul Boulton and Nathan Colombi and XR69 development guru John Sims of Trident Engineering in charge of machine preparation.
The team will have a permanent presence in the Classic TT Paddock with a host of exotic race bikes on display for race fans to enjoy, and will also feature in the Classic TT Lap of Honor, with the full line up of riders and machines for the parade lap due to be confirmed in due course.
“We are excited by the plans for the first Classic TT and proud to be able to play our part in making it what we all believe will be a huge success,” said the team’s Steve Wheatman. “So far as the racing is concerned, in Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins we have two of the fastest riders ever to lap the Mountain Course and we are confident that either one of them can win the Formula 1 Race. Maria is an ever present in our team these days and continues to impress on the big XR69, whilst John Simpson is one of the most exciting young talents around, and we know the fans are going to love seeing him out on one of our RG500 machines.”