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MIST back with Mercer

MIST Suzuki will return to British Superbike action at this weekend's Brands Hatch triple header after a short break following the shock retirement of long term rider Matt Bond.

After concentrating on racing at the TT and other road circuits for much of the season, new signing Steve Mercer will climb onboard the team's GSXR1000 K9 at Brands, which has recently received new lightweight wheels, a new rear shock and swing arm linkage plus engine developments.

The team hopes that Mercer will be a regular on the Superbike Cup podium and take the fight to some of the factory riders.

"Trying to find a rider to replace Matt was a difficult one but we think Steve has what it takes to do well,” said team manager Mike Edwards. “We have plenty of track time at the weekend so will take it slowly so that Steve has time to adjust to the nature of short circuit racing.

“The bike development is coming along and, although we are still waiting for some parts, we are finally approaching the bike we hoped to have at the start of the season. We are hoping that Steve and MIST Suzuki can help each other and encourage new sponsorship to allow us to complete the season".



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Agent Orange - Unregistered

August 05, 2009 8:59 AM

Wasn't Steve Mercer a BEMSEE Club Racer for many years before going road racing in the last two or three years? I'm sure that he is very familiar with Brands Hatch, doesn't the team know their rider's history?

BigG - Unregistered

August 06, 2009 12:13 AM

Yes Mercer was a BMCRC and New ERA rider, winning a championship in BMCRC. He has also raced Superstock with MSS and started his own Superbike Cup team with Bob Farnham in 2008?, and was doing very well, but as is the problem with all small teams the funds ran out. Then Mercer went road racing (like so many small team who left BSB paddock) as its cheaper and offers good prize money. I think he'll do well, but he will time adjust back to short circuit racing, but I rekon a few trackdays will set him right.



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