Former British Supersport Championship contender AJ Venter will return to the Isle of Man TT for a second year after teaming up with Top Gun Racing.

The South African rider will compete in each of the solo races, riding Honda machinery in the 600cc and 1000cc classes and a Kawasaki in the Lightweight event.

Venter made his debut on the Mountain Course last year, lapping in excess of 116mph.

He will also contest the South African Superbike Championship this year on a BMW S1000RR.

Top Gun Racing is run by former racer and TT competitor Adrian Cox, with the RAF man hanging up his leathers after last year's Formula 1 Classic TT when he took eighth on his 600cc Honda, winning the privateer category in the process.

Venter said: "I am over the moon to be joining Adrian Cox's team, as he is close friends with the team I rode for at last year's TT where I was treated like royalty. What really excites me this year is that I'll be able to do a lot more laps as I will be competing in six races rather than three.

"I learnt a lot from last year's event, and this year I will be coming back more focused physically and mentally. One thing that has bugged me since last year is that I wasn't able to get my final flying lap in the Senior race, and on my previous lap I had just done my quickest time of the event.

"I'm confident in Adrian and his team as he is coming off 18 years of racing experience as well as riding himself around the TT, and if there is one thing money can't buy, it's experience."


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