Ian Hutchinson and Padgett's of Batley have today announced that they will be contesting the 2009 International road race meetings together, including the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix
The 2007 Junior TT winner will campaign Honda machinery for the Yorkshire motorcycle dealers and will have brand new 600cc Supersport and 1000cc Superstock machines at his disposal for the respective classes whilst he will use the same Honda Fireblade that John McGuinness took to victory in last year’s Senior TT, for the Superbike classes.
Hutchinson said "I'm delighted to have joined Clive’s team for 2009 and everything is now in place for me to challenge for the race wins again at the International road races. I’d secured a ride before heading off to Macau but when I got back it all fell through so I spoke to Clive just before Christmas and he has now given me the perfect set-up, practically identical to what I had in 2007, so I can't wait to get started.
Team manager Clive Padgett added "Our philosophy has always been to simply go road racing and when Hutchy was without a ride, we were only too happy to offer him a package for the 2009 International road races. We’ve supplied him in the past with Superstock bikes and have always enjoyed a good relationship so it’s great to officially welcome him in to the team. We’ll give him everything he needs to succeed and we’re all looking forward to a successful season of racing in 2009."
The team will head to the Spanish circuits of Almeria and Guadix in March for a full six days of testing whilst Hutchinson will also participate fully in the Dunlop tyre tests at Castle Combe in April.
Meanwhile, the Padgett’s team will also run John McGuinness and Steve Plater in the Superstock TT race, ensuring that there are 3 riders in their familiar rainbow colours.