Michael Howarth will be spearheading the Magic Bullet Two Wheel Racing team’s effort in the new BSB Evo class riding a GSX-R1000 Suzuki.
Howarth, who is 29 and hails from Manchester, took part in the BSB last year and said: “The team is really proactive and I think the new Evo class will suit me. We are due to test soon at Oulton Park as I’ve never ridden a Suzuki before, but I know if I pull my finger out I can go really well. I can’t wait to get racing.”
The team has a large Irish contingent with two riders coming from Northern Ireland. David Haire, Ulster Superbike Champion, will be stepping up to the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc class on a GSX-R1000 Suzuki. Having previously contested the Yamaha R6 Cup, the 20-year old from Lisburn is already familiar with British tracks, and relishes the thought of taking on the big names in Superstock.
Haire said: “During the season I was racing at Anglesey and Dave Tyson came to speak with me, he asked if I was interested in the team so we set up a meeting at the NEC show and everything went from there. Last season went really well for me and like every rider you go out there to win. However, I need to be realistic this season as it will be tough. If you look at who is in Superstock this year – Glen Richards, Ian Hutchinson, Steve Plater - it’s not going to be easy, but I want to be as close to the front as possible. For me this is the right time to come over and start racing in the UK, the team is putting in a lot of effort and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Partnering Haire will be youngster Dan Brill from Hertfordshire. The 20-year old thought he was going to face a season on the sidelines until he put a deal together with Magic Bullet Two Wheels Racing.
Nikki Coates will complete the vibrant line up and compete in the Metzeler Junior Superstock 600 class aboard Yamaha YZF-R6s. The 20-year old already has experience of this class from last season.
The man behind the team who will be keeping all the riders motivated is Dave Tyson who runs the Two Wheel Tuning Company. Tyson has a vision of developing young talent through his Magic Bullet Two Wheel Racing team.
Tyson said: “Obviously every team sets out to win and we are no exception, we are determined to be challenging for the honours from the very start. Magic Bullet Two Wheel Racing wants to develop young talent in Britain and with the set-up we have we feel we can do that. We have a defined route for them to take from Junior Superstock 600cc, to 1000cc Superstock class and then on to the Evo class. We’d like to think a rider can come to us and over a number of seasons progress to where he wants to be. I’d like to see Magic Bullet Two Wheel Racing providing the foundations of many successful race careers.”