ÖHLINS RIDERS READY FOR 2013 SEASON
March 13 2013.


Öhlins Racing is set for an exciting 2013 in the UK, as top teams and riders compete for the MCE British Superbike Championship and Isle of Man TT races. BSB contenders include three time champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, 2012 runner-up Josh Brookes and multiple race winner James Ellison, while Brookes will also compete at the unique Isle of Man TT for the first time alongside Guy Martin.


Three different manufacturers and teams will be leading the charge of the gold forks; the all new Milwaukee Yamaha squad of James Ellison and Josh Waters, the Samsung Honda duo of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Alex Lowes and the Tyco Suzukis of Josh Brookes and PJ Jacobson. With all six capable of winning, not just races, but aiming for the elite top six BSB Championship 'Showdown' as well, competition has never been closer.

With the Tyco Suzuki squad switching to Öhlins suspension for this year, they successfully completed their first shakedown test of the season at the Kirkistown race circuit in Northern Ireland recently, where despite the freezing cold temperatures Josh was able to get within a few tenths of his personal best and inside the circuit record. Now entering his third season with the team, he will be hoping to secure the British Superbike crown in a year that will also see him tackle his long time dream of racing the roads as he enters the Isle of Man TT races.

After a winter back in his native Australia riding flat track, MX and jetskis, Brookes is ready and refreshed for his BSB and TT challenge, saying, "This is a big year for me no doubt. I know the circuits, bike and team so well that there's no reason we can't be attacking the BSB title from the off.

"I'm also excited to be riding the TT for the first time and I'm under no illusion as to how big a job that is. It's not like you can go out and get a podium first time out. I've massive faith in my Tyco Suzuki team and after the test we had last week I can see that the Öhlins kit and support is the way to go."

Partnering Josh in the British Superbike Championship is American wonderkid PJ Jacobson, who will be racing in Superbikes for the first time, having tackled the Superstock 1000 category and Supersport class towards the end of 2012 and securing wins in both classes. On the 'roads', fan's favourite Guy Martin will once again race the Tyco Suzuki at all the International meetings, while Taylor Mackenzie will compete in the British Supersport Championship on an Öhlins equipped GSX-R600.

Also competing in both the British Superbike Championship and the International road meetings is the Milwaukee Yamaha team. Returning to Shaun Muir's squad following a stint in MotoGP, James Ellison will be hoping to clinch his maiden crown, while partnering him is Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters, who is racing in Britain for the first time. Out on the roads Milwaukee Yamaha have lined up one of their strongest ever teams, with William Dunlop, who will not only be competing in the TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, but will also challenge for the British Supersport crown. He is joined by Manxman Conor Cummins who is finally back to full fitness following his massive crash in 2010 and will be competing in all three Internationals.

The most successful British Superbike rider of all time, Ryuichi Kiyonari, makes his return to the championship with the Samsung Honda squad, where he will be partnered by the young Alex Lowes, who had a fantastic end to the 2012 season, including an impressive double victory at Silverstone.

Öhlins senior test rider, WSB Racing and 'Future Development' manager, Anders Anderson, said: "British Superbikes is a very important series for us and to have teams such as Tyco Suzuki, Samsung Honda and Milwaukee Yamaha lined up on our equipment is fantastic. We are also extremely excited about our Road Racing activities this year, especially at the TT, with Milwaukee Yamaha and Tyco Suzuki as established strong runners, at this most prestigious, unique event."

The British Superbike and TT squads will be equipped with the latest Öhlins FGR forks and TTX rear shocks, with specific set-ups for these very different events.

The full line-up of Öhlins Centres in the UK are; BG Motorsport, Crescent Motorcycles, Dixon Racing Technology, FTR Suspension, Harris Performance Products Ltd, Kais Suspension Services, MH Racing Services, Mick Gardner Racing, P&H Motorcycles and Pro-Link Racing Services (N.I) . For full details see; www.ohlins.com/About-the-company/Contacts/Motorcycle-Distributors/Europe/