BSB: Harry Truelove joins Bradley Perie at Appleyard Macadam Yamaha

Bradley Perie (left) and Harry Truelove (right) with team owner Robin Appleyard
Bradley Perie (left) and Harry Truelove (right) with team owner Robin Appleyard

Appleyard Macadam Yamaha have re-signed Bradley Perie and welcomed Harry Truelove for the 2022 Quattro Group British Supersport season.

Perie signed for the four-time champions ahead of the 2021 season and made a stunning start to the year with three victories and a second-place finish in the opening four races. Three more wins would follow, however six DNFs saw him drop to fourth overall by the end of the season.

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“I know lots of people say this, but I’ve never felt better prepared going into a race season, I learned so much, good and bad but couldn’t do much to change things as we were racing pretty much every weekend,” Perie said.

“Now I’ve got two new mechanics, a year of experience and for the first time ever I’m going testing, I can’t wait! This season the objective is clear, and I feel confident we can go for wins again and push for the title.”

Meanwhile, Truelove finished 46 points behind his new teammate in fifth spot overall last season. He secured three consecutive victories in the middle of the year, at Donington and Cadwell Park, before taking two more podiums at Oulton Park.

Truelove is no stranger to Yamaha, having raced on the YZF-R6 machine for the past five seasons.

“It feels good to be joining the team, they have a great set-up and long pedigree,” Truelove said. “We’ve always run a team ourselves but want to step it up in terms of professionalism which is what Appleyard Macadam provide.

“The wins showed me that we can be up there, and my goal is to fight for the championship, it just takes a lot of hard work and a little luck!”

Appleyard Macadam Yamaha won four straight Supersport titles with Keith Farmer (2017), Jack Kennedy (2018 & 2019) and Rory Skinner (2020). Skinner’s victory made him the youngest-ever Supersport champion.

“We know Brad has great outright speed and can help him put a championship campaign together,” Team Owner Robin Appleyard said. “Harry is a strong rider and showed his form a couple of times last year, I think riding in our team with the bikes and experience we can supply, we can improve his consistency.

“We’ve had a busy off-season, looked at where we can improve both personnel and machinery so strengthened our allegiance with Yamaha and so are looking forward to being competitive and importantly consistent …two areas both lads can improve.”

The team are heading to Southern Spain for a four-day test in a few weeks’ time.