Anvil Hire Yamaha boss: ‘ The plan is to shock peo­ple’

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It’s fair to say Anvil Hire Yamaha are un­der­dogs in BSB. In 2016, their high­est ranked rider was James Ris­poli in 27th hav­ing fin­ished just one race in the points.

How­ever, team boss Rob Win­field is con­fi­dent that hav­ing signed a re­cent Bri­tish Cham­pion, they’ll eas­ily be able to turn things around.

“Josh is a huge op­por­tu­nity,” he told MCN. “Last year was dif­fi­cult, but I think a lot of the im­prove­ment will come with the rider. We knew the bike was there last year and we’re do­ing more de­vel­op­ment now ready for the sea­son.

“We’ve al­ways had good power from the bike – more than we had with the Kawasaki – but we’d like a lit­tle more and then we want to work on be­ing able to calm that down in the right places for cer­tain cir­cuits. We’re work­ing a lit­tle bit on re­li­a­bil­ity too.

“In 2015, we had BSB podi­ums with Richard Cooper so we’ve shown we can do it. 2016 was our first year with Yamaha but it just didn’t come to­gether.

“The plan is to shock peo­ple this year. We know what Josh is ca­pa­ble of and he’s done it on a Yamaha. We know quite a lot about the bike he was on last year af­ter talk­ing to Tommy Hill who ran it last sea­son. There was the op­tion to buy those bikes from him, but we’d rather go into our sec­ond year with bikes we know to make the job eas­ier all round.”

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