Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Mainwaring-Smart joins Anvil Hire Yamaha for Brands Hatch

Howie Mainwaring-Smart will make a one-off appearance for Anvil Hire Yamaha alongside regular riders James Rispoli and Shaun Winfield.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart will make a one-off appearance for Anvil Hire Yamaha alongside regular riders James Rispoli and Shaun Winfield at the MCE British Superbike season finale at Brands Hatch.

The Cheshire-born rider has recovered from a broken collarbone sustained in a crash in race two at Cadwell Park while filling in at Tommy Hill's ePayMe Yamaha with Broc Parkes on Endurance World Championship duty.

Mainwaring-Smart began the BSB season with Smiths BMW but split with the squad on mutual terms after round six at Thruxton having failed to gel with the BMW S1000RR.

Heading to Brands Hatch Mainwaring-Smart has fond memories of the Kent track having claimed a maiden BSB win back in 2014 followed up by a further rostrum in the same race weekend and is targeting a positive end to a difficult 2016.

“As you can imagine I'm really looking forward to it,” Mainwaring-Smart said. “It's been a little while off a motorbike, which wasn't really my choice due to injury. I know it's the last round, which isn't great but it's the right time to come back, my shoulder is strong and my rib has settled down now, and I must thank Rob and Tracy for the opportunity.

“It will be good to get back on a bike that I really do enjoy riding, I really enjoy the Yamaha and I felt like I wanted more time on it, so it will be great to get another run out on it this weekend. I want to do the best I can, I've got to aim for the top ten, and realistically top 15 which is still going to be quite difficult, but I think we can do it.”

Team boss Gary Winfield, who recently confirmed Shaun would race for the team in 2017, has welcomed Mainwaring-Smart to the team with open arms with the Cheshire rider competing alongside Winfield and Rispoli.

“We are delighted to welcome Howie to the team, albeit for the final round,” Winfield said. “There is no pressure on him to succeed, but points should be fully within his reach on a track that he knows, and a bike that he has experience of.

“He performed well back in August and he impressed a lot of people having just jumped on that bike. It will take him time to adjust having not ridden since then, but we all know that he is a quick learner and I'm hoping he will spur on James and Shaun, so we can end the season on a high.”

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Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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October 11, 2016 12:00 AM

If one of the rider's is going to be the team owner's son then he has to be good to justify the leg up. Unfortunately,he's consistantly way off the pace.....even when compared to Rispoli who's been really struggling too this year. If anything he's even gone backwards from last year And by already re-signing him for 2017 the team sets itself up for ridicule. Maybe not surprising that Billy McConnell jumped ship before the season even started and why Rispoli will probably follow.


October 10, 2016 11:45 PM

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