BSB: Luke Mossey signs with TAG Racing Honda for 2022 season
Luke Mossey will return to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with TAG Racing Honda next season.
Mossey will make his debut with the team at this weekend’s finale at Brands Hatch, following the departure of Dan Linfoot prior to Donington Park. The two-time BSB race winner has signed a one-year deal with the team.
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Mossey has contested the Pirelli National Superstock Championship this year following his departure from Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW at the end of 2020. Heading into the final race of the year – which Mossey will still take part in – Mossey finds himself fourth in the championship, 42 points behind series leader Tom Neave.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be back in the Superbike class for 2022 with TAG Racing Honda, they’re a fantastic team and certainly have the same vision as I do for 2022,” Mossey said. “From my first conversations with Gary and Rob, they impressed me with their passion for the project, and how much effort goes in behind the scenes.
“I’ve recently sat on the bike to confirm my riding position and straight away it felt like a pure race bike, and that excites me. With a good amount of seat time this weekend and during pre-season I’m sure we’ll be where we should be, up at the front and challenging for the top five each weekend.
“I’m heading into this weekend with a calm head, it’s going to be a busy one contesting in both the Superbike and Superstock classes, but I’m always up for a challenge. It’s important I don’t get carried away with myself, I need to get an understanding of how the bike feels and make steady progress as we go through the weekend.”
Mossey won the Riders Cup in 2015 before contesting the Showdown the following year. A double victory at Brands Hatch saw him lead the championship in the early stages of 2017, however a big fall at Thruxton, fracturing his L2 vertebrae in the process, ended his title, and Showdown, hopes.
“It’s exciting to announce our plans for the 2022 season so early, we have a clear vision of where we want to go with the project and Luke is aligned with those visions,” team manager Gary Winfield added. “First of all, I want to thank Dan Linfoot for all his hard work over the three years he’s been with us, he’s been a model professional throughout all the good and bad times and we wish him the best of luck for the future.
“With Luke we feel we have a rider who is hard working and will provide vital and key feedback to keep us developing the Fireblade. He will have the race weekend at Brands Hatch to make him comfortable and find his feet, we aren’t putting any pressure on his shoulders this weekend, but we know the racer in him will certainly come out.
“We have ambitions to be back up the sharp end of the Championship and Luke certainly wants that, so together we have a passion to succeed and with the continued support from Honda Racing UK we feel we have a fantastic package to do just that.”
Shaun Winfield will continue to represent the team in the Superstock class for a third consecutive year.