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Martin and Dunlop a dream team for Neill

'We pride ourselves on the fact that we're doing a good job in BSB now but at the end of the day we started as a road race team and we've never left those roots' - Philip Neill
Tyco Suzuki team principal Philip Neill says he couldn't be happier with his international road racing line-up for 2014.

Neill retained the services of Guy Martin for a fourth year and added North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix winner Dunlop to the team as the Northern Ireland outfit aims to return to winning ways at the Isle of Man TT.

The pair are out and out road racers and Neill believes TAS Racing has gone back to its roots of fielding a formidable two-man team for the big international meetings.

“We feel we're getting back to our original structure. We pride ourselves on the fact that we're doing a good job in BSB now but at the end of the day we started as a road race team and we've never left those roots,” Neill said.

“We were always renowned for having a strong, two-rider line-up over the years with various riders like [David] Jefferies and [Adrian] Archibald and [Bruce] Anstey and [Cameron] Donald.

“In the past few years we've done it a different way – we ran Guy on his own one year and this year we introduced Josh [Brookes] into road racing as a newcomer.

“So it's nice to get back to a two-rider team and we couldn't have wished for a better line-up than Guy and William to be fair,” he told the Belfast News Letter.

“We kept Guy informed that we were talking to William and his words to me exactly were 'nice lad, nice lad'. They are at very different stages of their careers and William is looking forward to working with Guy and learning from him and I know without a doubt – and Guy wouldn't mind me saying this – there will be things that Guy can learn from William.”

John Hopkins and Josh Waters will spearhead Tyco Suzuki's British Superbike challenge in 2014, while Taylor Mackenzie will continue to ride the GSX-R600 in the British Supersport series.



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PatrickD

December 03, 2013 1:04 PM

A busy team and a strong line up there. I'm not a big fan of TAS, as they make alot of noise and are less than complementary in defeat. But they certainly put alot into racing, and the sports would be poorer without them.



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