Former factory Yamaha mechanic Ferry Brouwer has announced plans to bring his Yamaha Classic Racing Team to the inagural Classic TT in August.
YCRT will race in the 250cc, Formula 1 and Formula 2 Classic classes, with classic racing vetran Allan Brew leading the charge on 250 and Formula 2 machines.
Allan, a Manx local, is a respected classic racer and previous podium finisher at the Manx Grand Prix.
Allan is joined by three current TT racers, who will all ride in the new Formula 1 class. Steve Mercer will ride a factory spec OW01, American Mark Miller will ride a replica of Eddie Lawson's 1986 Daytona 200 winning OU45, and former British champion Dan Cooper will ride a TZ500/OW45 two stroke.
Speaking about his teams racing debut, YCRT owner Ferry Brouwer said:
“It has been my dream for many years to see my bikes being raced and there is nowhere other than the Classic TT Races and the TT Mountain Course that I would do this.
We believe the plans that are being developed for this event will capture the hearts and minds of classic racing fans all around the world, and become the world’s biggest event for classic racing motorcycles. We are therefore proud to be part of these exciting plans and can’t wait to get to the Island next August.”
“I am delighted with the line up of riders we have been able to secure and I am sure Allan, Steve, Mark and Dan will do an excellent job in representing our team in our competitive racing debut.
8 times World Champion Phil Read will be joining us as an advisor to the team and I am sure his unrivalled experience will be invaluable to all of our riders.”
Trevor Hussey, Head of Motorsport, Isle of Man Government, commented:
"It is a real coup for the Classic TT races to have the commitment from this world renown team. Their participation gives the event real credibility in its first year and promises to be a great experience for classic racing fans."
As well as their racing efforts, the YCRT also plan on running a full line up of parade machines and riders at the Classic TT, details of which will be announced at the upcoming Motorcycle Live event at the Birmingham NEC.