Anvil Plant Tag Racing announce three-rider Yamaha team
The Anvil Plant TAG Racing team have rocked the MCE British Superbike series with an announcement that could lead to their most successful season in the series yet. The team will make the switch to Yamaha machinery on a stunning 60th anniversary R1 livery, with Billy McConnell and James Rispoli joining Shaun Winfield at the helm.
The team will get to grips with the bike over the winter the period with a rigorous testing programme in Spain to get to grips with the Yamaha that Brookes took to victory in 2015.
McConnell secured his British Supersport Championship with the team, which should see him hit the ground running with team relations and bike development.
Team Owner Rob Winfield said: "this is a great start to the new season for us. To see Anvil Hire stay onboard with us is wonderful and great news for everyone involved. To have Tamworth Yamaha come onboard is great and we're over the moon to welcome Jonathan and the team onboard for what should be a great season. We wanted Billy back in the team and he wanted to come back, so for both parties it's a perfect fit, the Yamaha should suit his style and we should see him up the front.
"We're so excited to welcome James to the team, he has proved so much in the last two years in Supersport, and we feel he's ready to step up to Superbikes. There is no pressure on him this year, we just want him to settle well in the class and challenge for the rookie of the year title, which I believe he can achieve.
"Shaun has done so well this year, in his first full year, he's adapted well to the superbike class and I think he will be running in the top 15 most weekends. We have an extensive testing programme in place throughout the winter, which in theory will see us hit the ground running from the first round at Silverstone in April."
Tamworth Yamaha Managing Director Jonathan King said: "The colours of the bike look fantastic, we had a conversation about the livery and there was a few ideas thrown around, but then someone said about what about the 60th anniversary colours. Shaun then put it together; it looked good on paper but then seeing it for real its looks great, and something that's in tradition of the old Yamaha, which is really good."
It truly is a striking livery and we can't wait to see what the three-strong rider combination can do with the bike when the 2016 season rolls around! Bring it on!
04.11.2015 - Big Ed