WFR eyeing title with young line-up

WFR Honda team manager Myles Schofield is confident his young line-up of Alex Lowes, Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland will see it challenging for the BSB title in 2012.
WFR Honda is setting its sights on the overall MCE British Superbike Championship title in 2012 after unveiling its three-man rider line-up of Alex Lowes, Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland.

The British team made its BSB debut in 2011 and proceeded to dominate the EVO series, winning all but four of the 26 races with its line-up of title winner Glen Richards, Gowland, Lowes and Jake Zemke.

With Lowes re-joining the team, after parting ways three events into 2011, and Westmoreland and Gowland returning, the latter having won 12 of the final 13 EVO races and notching up a series of overall top ten finishes, WFR team manager Myles Schofield is thrilled with his line-up.

"I am thrilled to have three riders that represent the best young British talent, riding for Team WFR next year. We have known for a while who we wanted but to get all three of them is a great coup. I think this line up signals our intent - and that is to win the British Superbike Championship in 2012.

With new regulations coming into force for 2012, similar to those of the EVO class, Schofield is hoping a year spent in the sub-category will give his outfit an advantage over its rivals heading into the new season.

“As the leading Evo team I like to think we have a little bit of a head start and we'll certainly use what we learnt last year to the best of our advantage. We are also fortunate in that we have a three-pronged attack with a trio of riders who are all capable of winning races so I am very excited now to see what happens come April."

Having struggled in the first half of the season with injuries, Gowland emerged as a revelation in 2011, dominating the second-half of the year and freqeuntly troubling the championship class contenders.

"I can't wait for next year, it really can't come soon enough for me. I think that the experiences last season on the Evo spec bike has definitely taught me a lot in terms of race craft and tyre conservation that will probably catch some other riders out next year with the new rules.

"We can almost just get on with it now as it is what we know and what we have become used to and I think that could surprise some people. We had a few minor problems this season but I believe now that we ironed those out at the test in Spain a few weeks ago and we will only be back stronger."

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whynot - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 10:01 AM

very strong line up indeed have to say i think gowla could be the dark horse next year not that it would be suprising after seeing his 2nd half of the season was mixing it up with the big boys, now level playing field in terms of power! who knows what he can do alex is very quick and seemed settled on this bike i think he could also be right up there to, and you def cant rule out westy all credit to wfr for fielding all british young talent

BSB fan - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 4:52 PM

Good for WFR fielding all young british riders but what happened to 16 x 2 rider teams.Will this mean other teams can run 3 riders also and are the organisers now going to allow single rider teams like SMT back in. The organisers should take any riders with funding in place wanting to enter superbikes into the championship regardless of it being a 1/2 or 3 rider team. The country is in financial meltdown and the organisers will struggle to get 32 riders in superbike fullstop,if they have to run in a 2 rider team they will struggle for 10 teams. The 2 rider teams can all make statements of intent but can the teams follow them up come the start of the season.

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