Thorne will take on Cross Country Championship in the UK before Dakar
This year Thorney Motorsport will compete in the Britpart British Cross Country Championship with John Thorne driving a Yamaha YXZ1000R.
Thorne has plenty of experience off road, having raced Polaris machines and Arctic Wildcats almost exclusively after moving away from the British Touring Car Championship and, with Yamaha backing, the aim is to go out and win in the championship while developing the new car.
The series features six rounds around the forests of Wales, Scotland and England, with a minimum of five stages per day over two days and the aim of creating a mini off-road safari.
The team plans to run two cars, one in the Production class, and a turbo version in the modified category. The second driver is yet to be announced.
With Thorne doing the development work on the car, one of the next major goals is to get a team ready for the Dakar Rally in 2017. Jack Benyon