Maxtra 125 team begins rider search

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The new Maxtra 125 GP team, spearheaded by British racing legend John Surtees, kicked off its recruitment drive in Misano last weekend.

Team boss and former factory Suzuki chief Garry Taylor spent a day in Misano talking to numerous potential targets about a ride with the new Chinese-backed project, which will debut with a two-rider effort in next year’s world 125 championship.

Taylor was in San Marino in between a two-day test session for the Maxtra bike at the Adria circuit, where Michael Wilcox continued development of the new bike, which uses a chassis built by Harris Performance and an engine designed by former Aprilia tuning wizard Jan Witeveen.

Taylor refused to discuss details of negotiations but he said: “I had the chance to talk riders’ representatives. There was a lot of interest in the project. Ideally we want one experienced rider who can continue to develop the bike and then we can go for a young rider with a big potential.”

Taylor said he hadn’t ruled out swooping for a British rider for the Maxtra’s debut season, but he added: “It would be really nice to find a young British rider because there are some extremely good ones out there at the moment, but sadly they already have seats to sit on next year.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt