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Harley eye UK Short Track

Published: 22 December 2006

Harley-Davidson could become the third major manufacturer to sign up for the 2007 UK Shorttrack championship.

Hot on the heels of the news that American-style half-mile dirt-track racing is coming to Britain, series promoter Peter Boast revealed that Harley UK are considering fielding official team bikes in the series.

“We’re only in the initial discussion stages,” said Boast, “but my dream is to see the official orange and black colours of Harley-Davidson racing in the UK Shorttrack series. Imagine seeing - and hearing - an XR750 unleashed on the new half-mile track at Anham Valley!”

The prospects of Harley going ahead with racing plans seem positive since the whole marketing ethos of the new XR1200 is styled on the XR750 dirttracker.

British manufacturer CCM will continue to field a full factory team on FT35R single-cylinder machines. One of their three works riders, Lee Complin, won the 2006 series.

Boast, who races in the series as well as promoting it, has already secured support from Suzuki GB for his own championship campaign and will field dirttrack versions of the RMZ450 single and SV650 V-twin in yellow livery similar to that of the official American Suzuki dirttrack team.