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Mercer spearheads Prodigy star Flint's TT bid

'I think that this is my chance to kick on and get into the top ten in the Superbike races at the TT' - Steve Mercer
Kent's Steve Mercer will compete at next year's Isle of Man TT races in a team run by Prodigy frontman Keith Flint.

Mercer will ride in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races on the team's TAS Racing supported Superbike and Superstock GSX-R machines and will also contest both Supersport events on a Suzuki as he makes his debut in the 600cc class in Flint's Team Traction Control colours.

The Maidstone-based racer, who finished 12th in this year's Superbike TT, has lapped the Mountain Course at 126.323mph and achieved his best ever finish of eighth place in the Superstock race in June.

“Although it's a fledgling outfit they have an experienced crew with the likes of Grant Bunting who worked with Shaun Muir's team last year and we've already got some races under our belts,” said Mercer.

“I think that this is my chance to kick on and get into the top ten in the Superbike races at the TT.

“I'm also really looking to get out on a 600 for the first time on the Mountain Course and I think that doing the extra races will help with my overall preparation.”

Mercer, who first raced at the TT in 2009 when he won the coveted Best Newcomer trophy, is also set to compete at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau plus selected National Superstock 1000 rounds in England.

Team boss Flint said: “After racing myself for several years I know what's needed to compete on two wheels but I think taking on the Mountain Course is something I couldn't dream of doing myself.

“I believe it's one of the biggest motorcycle races the world has to offer and I'll put the best team out there possible. Doing the TT is not just something I want to cross off my bucket list,” he added.

“We are going there to do a job with a very capable rider using some top notch bikes and I can't wait.”

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December 03, 2013 12:17 PM

This is good news for British bike racing, people like Keith Flint getting involved in racing can only raise road racing profile higher . Looks like good set up too with good rider and well prepped fast bikes. Good luck to them .

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