Team Classic Suzuki will draw its 2017 season to a close next week, as Guy Martin, Pete Boast, and Michael Neeves prepare to race the team’s Katana at the Aragon four-hour endurance race on October 28.
Martin and Boast raced the Katana on its last outing at Spa Francorchamps, taking a hard-earned seventh placed finish from the four-hour race that took place in treacherous conditions. Watch the video from Spa, here.
For the final round of the European Classic Endurance series the team will again be joined by Michael Neeves. Neeves, who tested the Katana at the start of the season, was due to race it at the opening round of the championship at Donington Park in May, but was denied the chance when a crash on the opening lap for teammate James Whitham ended the team’s weekend early. But with the Katana now no stranger to all three riders, and with the team gaining valuable experience last time out at Spa, confidence is high ahead of the final round of the season.
Steve Wheatman, team principal, said, “It’s been an exciting year for us as a team; we built the Katana for this season and have really enjoyed our first foray into the world of endurance racing. It’s different to anything we’ve done before and been a steep learning curve, but it’s been incredibly fun along the way. We’ve raced against some brilliant teams and met some great people. Our own season started positively with testing and even practice and qualifying at Donington. The race didn’t go to plan, but we moved onto to Spa and had a really good weekend with Guy and Pete, and learned so much about the racing and the bike. We’re really excited to get to Aragon for the final round, and also to welcome Michael back to the fold. We’ve just added to our experience this year, and hopefully we can have a good race. The aim is the podium, as it has to be, but we’re just looking forward to getting back out there, enjoying our racing, and having some fun.”
Carl Cox Motorsport will also step up its involvement with the team for the event, after enjoying a successful partnership so far this season, which saw the outfits join forces for the Spa four-hour and this year’s Classic TT on the Isle of Man.
Wheatman added, “We’re delighted to be continuing our involvement with Carl Cox Motorsport for this event. We’ve worked with them in the past, and they have supported both our Katana in this series, and worked with us and our XR69s on the roads at the Classic TT earlier this year, too. With Michael Neeves also enjoying a close relationship with Carl and the team, racing a variety of his classic Suzukis out in Australia each year, it all ties in nicely.”
The Aragon four-hour race starts at 17:35 on 28 October. Follow the team’s progress through the race on Twitter, @Classic_Suzuki.
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