Padgetts signs trio of Isle of Man TT winners for 2012 campaign
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Padgetts MMCG Racing has announced a star-studded line-up of winners for the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
The Yorkshire team will again run Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness, and this year the pair will be joined by Gary Johnson.
Anstey took his eighth TT win in the 2011 Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 and will campaign Padgetts machinery in the Monster Energy Supersport 1 and 2, Royal London 360 Superstock, Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior races.
McGuinness, already a 17-times winner at the TT, will join the team for the Supersport and Superstock races. As well as taking victory in both the Superbike and Senior races in 2011, McGuinness claimed the overall TT Championship title thanks to podium finishes in the Superstock and second Supersport races for Padgetts.
The team, which operates out of the Padgetts Batley showroom, welcomes a new racer for the 2012 TT in the shape of Johnson, who took his maiden TT victory in last year’s second Supersport race. He will race the Superbike and Senior races for Padgetts.
The Padgetts MMCG Racing team has become a byword for consistency at the TT with 9 wins in the last four years., including Ian Hutchinson’s record breaking five in a week in 2010.
Since 2007, the team has taken 14 podiums and four fastest laps, including two lap records in the Superstock class in 2009 and 2010. In total, the team 24 top 5 finishes from the last 31 TT races they’ve started in the same five year period. Between the 2008 and 2010 Senior Races they won eight out of the 11 races held.
Padgett’s MMCG Racing team boss Clive Padgett said:
“We’ve got a great team again this year and I know that all the lads enjoy racing for our team.”
“Everyone gets on really well and feels part of the family when they climb onto our bikes.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Gary on board and I’m sure we can help him, and John and Bruce, to add to their wins on the mountain course. Roll on June.”
Isle of Man Government TT and Motorsport Manager Paul Phillips added:
“Padgetts has established themselves as the team to beat on the Isle of Man.”
“There’s a saying on the Isle of Man that to win the race you’ve got to finish it and Padgetts consistent performance has meant that they have had an unbeatable record over the last few years.”