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TT 2013: Splitlath Redmond announce intentions
6 April 2013
Splitlath Redmond Racing has confirmed it will line up for the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races, despite the recent announcement that it is withdrawing from the British Superbike Championship.
The team, headed up by John Dimbylow and former Olympian Derek Redmond, was due to compete in BSB with former WSBK riders Jakub Smrz and Mark Aitchison, but withdrew from the series last month citing ill health for Dimbylow.
Despite this, the team will go ahead with its plans to compete in the premier Isle of Man TT road race with its Aprilia RSV4s ridden by American racer Mark Miller and Cheung Wai On, who will become the first ethnic Chinese rider to tackle the famous Mountain Course.
Miller, who will be spearheading Splitlath Redmond Racing's third TT effort, is currently the fastest American rider to lap the course in 125.507mph and will compete in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior TT races.
Cheung Wai On meanwhile, who has been a top ten competitor in the Macau Grand Prix, finished third in the Chinese Superbike Championship last year and competed in a number of 125cc grands prix, will ride the RSV4 in the 1000cc classes and an ER6 Kawasaki in the 3-lap Lightweight TT race.
Touching on the recent announcement to withdraw from British Superbikes, Dimbylow maintains that it was important for the team to retain its TT plans.
"Although we have scaled back our racing commitments in 2013 the TT is an event that we have to be involved with. The event continues to go from strength to strength and I'm sure that our team's international profile will help grow interest worldwide. We have two riders with a great international pedigree and it's definitely going to be an interesting team garage in 2013."
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