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AJ Venter excited by prospect of TT debut

'I'm under no illusions about the task, but I can't wait to make my Mountain Course debut' - AJ Venter
British championship rider AJ Venter says he is under no illusions over the challenge he faces as he prepares to make his Isle of Man TT debut in June.

The 24-year-old from South Africa will ride for Mick Charnock's TC Racing Honda/DP Coldplaning outfit on a CBR1000RR Fireblade in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior events.

Venter – an accomplished British championship rider – says he has had his sights set on competing at the TT for some time.

“Lots of people are aware of the TT back home in South Africa and it's been on my radar for a while.

“I first came out to the Isle of Man in 2007 and met Milky Quayle and Johnny Barton, which gave me an idea of what I'd be taking on,” he said.

“I'm under no illusions about the task, but I can't wait to make my Mountain Course debut.”

Venter finished 18th in the Superstock series in his maiden year in England in 2007.

A year later, he switched to the inaugural Superstock 600cc Championship, claiming a win at Oulton Park and three more podiums on his way to fourth overall.

In 2009, he excelled in the Supersport class, finishing 13th and earning six top 10 finishes plus a career best result of fourth.

Venter finished 11th in the championship in 2010 and 2011 but missed last season due to a lack of financial backing.

TC Racing Honda/DP Coldplaning team boss Mick Charnock has a strong pedigree at the TT and Manx Grand Prix, first as a rider and latterly running his own team, backing Cameron Donald, David Johnson and Jimmy Storrar as newcomers in 2005, 2010 and 2012 respectively.

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AJ Venter will make Isle of Man TT debut in 2013
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Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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