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GP star Danny Webb confirms debut at Isle of Man TT

'The opportunity came along to work with Ryan Farquhar, who puts out some of the best bikes on the grid, so I simply couldn't say no' - Danny Webb
Highly-rated 125cc Grand Prix and Moto3 contender Danny Webb will make a sensational debut at the Isle of Man TT road races in June.

Webb will ride a Kawasaki ZX-10R Superstock machine in the Superbike, Senior and Superstock races plus an ER6 Supertwin in the Lightweight class for Northern Ireland team owner and top road racer Ryan Farquhar.

The 22-year-old from Kent is regarded as one of the UK's leading young talents, notching up 20 top ten finishes in the 125cc and Moto3 classes over the past seven years. Webb's best race finish was fifth place in the 125cc Portuguese Grand Prix in 2008, while he finished tenth overall in the 2010 season with a haul of 93 points.

Analysing his decision to make his road racing bow, Webb said: “I'm a big TT fan. I've already been to the event and I have always said that I wanted to do it one day. It's something that has been going through my mind more and more of late, and the opportunity came along to work with Ryan Farquhar, who puts out some of the best bikes on the grid, so I simply couldn't say no.

“It's going to be a big change for me after years in the grand prix paddock, but it is something I am really looking forward to,” he added. “I don't see this being a one-off thing either and I know it will take me many years to really learn my way around, but for now I just can't wait to get out there and make my debut.”

Webb was chosen to spearhead Indian manufacturer Mahindra's first ever assault on the 125GP scene in 2011 and secured the team's maiden pole position at Valencia - when Webb also first met Farquhar.

Farquhar explained: “I first met Danny at a charity function at the Valencian GP in 2011 and he said then that he always wanted to race at the TT. I told him that if there was anything I could do to help him to give me a call and once Paul Phillips mentioned Danny's name, I made a few phone calls and soon put everything into place.

“He's an extremely talented rider, someone who I have a lot of time for, and he's got a wise head on his shoulders. He knows all about the TT and wants to do it for all the right reasons so we'll do everything we can at KMR Kawasaki to help him serve his apprenticeship and establish himself as a top flight road racer.”

The Tunbridge Wells rider hails from a racing background with father Jimmy enjoying a successful career as a sidecar passenger, while elder brother James competed in the British Supersport Championship in the Padgetts Racing team alongside John McGuinness.

After being forced out of the Ambrogio Moto3 team part way through last season, Webb joined Simon Buckmaster's PTR Honda squad in the World Supersport class, securing a best result of 11th at the final round at Jerez in Spain.

The young prospect will arrive at the TT as one of the most high-profile newcomers to compete on the infamous Mountain Course.

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