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Six bikes for PTR in 2012?

PTR shows its commitment to the World Supersport Championship by confirming five riders, plus a possible sixth entry too.
Performance Technical Racing could run six bikes in next season's World Supersport Championship having already confirmed five riders for its 2012 campaign.

An unchanged line-up of Sam Lowes and Miguel Praia is set to head up PTR's front-running Parkalgar squad, while Martin Jessopp, PJ Jacobsen and Mathew Scholtz have also signed on to compete under the PTR banner.

Explaining the decision to expand as down to the single-bike rule that was introduced for 2011 – a move that was attributed to the significant increase in grid numbers last season - team manager Simon Buckmaster is delighted to be championing new talent.

"Obviously we could not do this (expand the team again) if you had two bikes per rider, so that rule allowed us not only to compete but to expand last year and again this year. It looks like there will be a lot of bikes on the grid in 2012 but only two years ago it was a lot less, about 18 to 20 bikes on the grid.

“We can get five or even six bikes and spares into our race truck each weekend, because our team is organised and we make good use of the available space, meaning we do not have to take a second truck."

"We ran quite a few riders last year, and this coming year we will be even more properly geared up to do it. We have some very talented riders, some younger ones of course, and Sam Lowes is set to be a good championship challenger in his second year."

As well as the Parkalgar team, PTR ran bikes for James Ellison and Pawel Szkopek in 2011, as well as an occasionally PTR Romania entry for Robert Muresan and Catalin Cazacu.



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Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Jack Bateson]
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011
Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011

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Steven - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 12:38 PM

With so many PAYING customers on the grid they better support them. I think PJ has a chance to make some good finishes. The lad has talent! Martin is a bit of an unknown. When he was healthy and motivated last year he had some good races. But the motivation is what I wonder about.

Greedy Simon - Unregistered

December 16, 2011 8:00 PM

5 or 6 bikes on the grid means 4 or 5 incomes for Simon as Id guess everyone except Lowes - who is the only potential winner amongst them - has to be bringing cash or they wouldnt get a second look



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