British Superbikes: Sean Emmett to ride for AIM Yamaha at Thruxton

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Sean Emmett has been drafted in to replace Steve Plater at Thruxton this weekend in the AIM British Superbike squad with the 2007 Macau winner fulfilling duties with the GMT94 Yamaha team in World Endurance.

While Plater rides in the Le Mans 24-hour race, Emmett will jump aboard his Yamaha R1 to compete in the two British Superbike races.

“I am pleased to be back on a competitive bike and looking forward to joining forces with Alistair Flanagan and the team at AIM Yamaha,” said Emmett.

“I have produced some good results at Thruxton in the past and really like the fast and flowing Hampshire circuit.

“The control tyre is something new to me so I am looking forward to that.

“This is my first time in my 20 years of competitive racing that everyone will be using the same rubber and I feel it is definitely the way to go.

“With all the teams using the same rubber it will make for a more level playing field and the results down to rider ability and machine performance rather than who has the best tyres.”

Team owner Alistair Flanagan had seen Sean Emmett’s strong performance in practice and qualifying at Brands Hatch in the Henderson R1 Cup where the experienced former BSB-runner secured pole in soaking wet conditions.

Alistair Flanagan said: “Sean Emmett brings a wealth of past experience to AIM Yamaha and is quite capable of securing a pair of strong results for us.

“With his vast experience and track knowledge I can see no reason why he cannot bring two top results back for AIM Yamaha this weekend.”

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Rob Hull

By Rob Hull