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Davies Mo­tor­sport, long-time sup­porter of the Clas­sic TT, will once again field reg­u­lar riders William Dun­lop and Alan Oversby, who will be joined by ris­ingtt cir­cuit star Do­minic Her­bert­son, in con­test­ing the Ben­netts Se­nior Clas­sictt and Sure Ju­nior Clas­sic. In the five years the team have sup­ported the Clas­sic TT they have en­joyed three podi­ owner John Davies, who en­joyed his own suc­cess­ful Manx Grand Prix ca­reer, said: “The Clas­sictt has be­come the big event of the year for clas­sic rac­ing and we are com­ing with an in­creased rider line-up. We want to be chal­leng­ing for the podium in both the Se­nior and Ju­nior races and we have the ma­chin­ery and the riders to be able to do just that.” Five-timett win­ner Michael Rut­ter has con­firmed he’ll con­test a full pro­gramme at this year’s Clas­sictt Races. He will ride the 1200cc Red Fox Grinta Rac­ing Du­cati, which is sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance to the fac­tory Du­catis that his fa­thertony rode in the 1980s. Rut­ter will also con­test the Dun­lop Light­weight Clas­sictt Race on a 750cc Du­cati for the same team. Speak­ing about the deal, Michael Rut­ter said: “I love the Clas­sic TT and I am de­lighted to be team­ing up with the Red Fox Grinta guys again to race their im­mac­u­late Du­catis. They are bikes that stand out from the crowd and the guys do an amaz­ing job. They are pas­sion­ate about ev­ery­thing they do, and hope­fully we can put on a good show for the fans and come away with two strong re­sults.” Teamy­ork Suzuki/big Dog Clas­sic Rac­ing makes its an­nual pil­grim­age to the Clas­sic TT Races with riders David and Gary John­son, (no re­la­tion) to con­test the Mo­tor­sport Mer­chan­dise Su­per­bike Clas­sic TT. David, the fastest Aus­tralian around the Moun­tain Course, and two-timett win­ner Gary, ride a pair of iden­ti­cally pre­pared XR-69 1000cc Suzukis for Kevin Pearson’syork-based team. David John­son en­joyed a great de­but with the team in 2015, fin­ish­ing fifth with a lap of 122.914mph. He missed the 2016 Clas­sic be­cause of in­juries sus­tained in the Ul­ster GP. Turner Rac­ing, owned by Roger­turner, is to make a two-pronged at­tack on the Dun­lop Light­weight Clas­sic TT, with the for­mi­da­ble duo of Michael Dun­lop and Dan Cooper, rid­ingyama­hatz 250s. Both riders have two-stroke back­grounds, with Dun­lop’s emo­tion charged North West 200 win be­ing the most mem­o­rable. Cooper has a vast amount of two-stroke ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing won the 2006 125cc Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship on the KRP Honda. Dun­lop, now 15 times ATT win­ner and out­right lap record holder, will com­pete in all four Clas­sictt races, rid­ing for Black Ea­gle Rac­ing in the Se­nior and Ju­nior aboard MV Agusta andteam Clas­sic Suzuki in the Mo­tor­sport Mer­chan­dise Su­per­bike. Sports Mo­tor­cy­cles, now based in New Zealand, re­turns to the Is­land to race 39 years since the leg­endary Mike Hailwood come­back on the Bologna twin. Long-time friend of Sports Mo­tor­cy­cles’ Steve Wynne, Nz-basedy­ork­shire­man Glyn Robin­son is keep­ing the name alive and re­turns to the Is­land with fel­low York­shire­man Chris Swal­low. Chris, who has al­ready made his own mark on clas­sic rac­ing, with two podi­ums in the Clas­sic TT, is the son of Bill Swal­low, one of the most renowned clas­sic rac­ers in Manx his­tory. Chris Swal­low com­mented: “When I head off down Glen­crutch­ery Road it will be the proud­est mo­ment of my rel­a­tively shorttt Moun­tain Course ca­reer. We tested the bike at Pukekohe in New Zealand re­cently; the at­ten­tion to de­tail is sim­ply bril­liant, it’s quick and it han­dles very well.” Reg­u­larsteam Clas­sic Suzuki will have a three-rider as­sault, with team owner Steve Wheat­man field­ing Michael Dun­lop, Lee John­ston and Danny Webb in the Mo­tor­sport Mer­chan­dise Su­per­bike Clas­sictt Race. All three riders will ride GSXR1100 Suzuki-pow­ered XR69S. Steve Wheat­man com­mented: “The Clas­sictt has quickly turned into a pres­ti­gious event with a high qual­ity en­try, so we ex­pect a very hard chal­lenge. In Michael we have a con­sis­tent race win­ner and he will be look­ing to add to his win tally.” Pop­u­lar Lin­colnshire spon­sor John Chap­man will have a large pres­ence at the 2017 Clas­sictt Races. He fields his fel­low county rider Ivan Lin­ton and Manx­man Dan Kneen on RS250 Hon­das in the Dun­lop Light­weight, and Welsh veteran Ian Lougher on an MV Agusta in the Ben­netts Se­niortt Clas­sic Race.the bike Lougher will ride is a per­fect copy of the three-cylin­der MV Agusta GP 500 that last con­tested GPS in 1974. Team owner John Chap­man said: “The Clas­sictt is the main event of our year and we are com­ing with three great lads for 2017. Ian Lougher is a legend and we have worked hard to rec­tify the prob­lems we had with the MV Agusta last year. Dan and Ivan are two of the best young riders at thett and will do a good job for us with the 250 Hon­das. We are look­ing to­wards podium fin­ishes for all of them.”

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