Ex-500cc grand prix rider and BSB
star Sean Emmett will contest the three-round South African Class TT series on a 1976 Suzuki RG500 Mk6 in 2013.
Emmett - whose four seasons of 500GP (1993-1996) included partnering Kevin Schwantz
in the iconic Lucky Strike Suzuki team, before later battling at the sharp end of BSB
- will be part of the Team Classic Suzuki squad run by British businessman and Grand Prix enthusiast Steve Wheatman.
The team will be managed by former Suzuki factory technician, Paul Boulton.
The SA Classic TT Racing Series has now been running for five years and recreates a golden era of South African motorcycle racing when the likes of Barry Sheene, Mick Grant, Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, John Cooper, Ray Pickerel, Chas Mortimer and many more GP stars travelled to South Africa over the Christmas period to race in the sunshine.
Emmett's entry into the current SA Classic TT Series isn't the first time a Suzuki RG500 has competed in the series.
Last year, Mick Grant won the overall title on the same 1984 factory RG500 he used to win in his final appearance at the Macau GP – the bike that Sheene raced at the end of his last-ever GP season.
The series consists over six races over three circuits in January and February, with two races each at the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth, Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria; and the final two races at the famous Kyalami GP circuit in Johannesburg.