Triumph will continue to have factory representation in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship after TAG Racing announced its plans for a 2009 entry.
The iconic British manufacturer swept to the 2008 title in the hands of Glen Richards, but with the MAP Embassy Racing team unable to continue its participation this season, TAG Racing will take up the mantle.
The Supersport team has been conceived with the help of former Embassy rider Paul Young after he proposed striking up a collaboration with TAG Racing's Rob Winfield, who had initially only planned to compete in the British 125GP and Superteens.
Bringing a wealth of experience and an insight of the Daytona 675 to the team, Young is confident he can continue Triumph's competitiveness into 2009.
“Ever since I found out last year's team would not continue I have been exploring every possible avenue to try and continue Triumph's success of 2008 and I'm absolutely delighted we've found a new home with TAG. It's a great opportunity for all concerned and I'm really excited about the year ahead.”
Young will be joined in the team by Peter Ward, who will compete in the Supersport Cup having garnered experience of racing in the Superstock class over the years. The team will also be running Shaun Winfield in the British 125GP Championship.
“We originally formed TAG to run Shaun in the 125's and Gary and Wayne in the Superteens, but we were also looking for a way to raise the team's profile,” said TAG Racing's Rob Winfield. “Initially we were thinking of adding a National Superstock 600 rider before Lee and Paul got chatting and came up with the idea of doing something together.
“Teaming up is the perfect solution for all of us and it has all come together very quickly with the emphasis very much on team as everyone involved has an equal input!”
Following their success last year, Triumph are delighted to be back on the grid for the 2009 season.
“Through his previous race experience Paul Young has played a key part in developing the new Daytona 675 and we're delighted to see him back on the grid this year,” said Triumph's Andrea Friggi.
“With the new TAG Racing structure and the talents of both Paul and Peter Ward, we have a great opportunity to build on the achievements of last year and we're very much looking forward to the season ahead.”