Team U.K. have finalised their nine rider line-up for the prestigious International Challenge races at the 2018 Island Classic.
Team entries consist of eight riders plus one reserve. While only five riders count towards the International Challenge Team scores.
Some new more youthful faces to the team for 2018 include British Superbike race winner Dan Linfoot along with NW200 winner Lee Johnston.
Michael Rutter is another new face for the team but needs no introduction. With a dozen North West 200 wins, a handful of TT wins and his record as the most successful rider ever at the Macau GP, Rutter also has a great closed circuit pedigree with 28 British Superbike race wins to his name.
As previously announced, Jeremy McWilliams will lead the charge while Team Captain Keith Higgs will oversee his charges in what they hope will be the fourth victory in a row for Team UK.
Team UK Captain Keith Higgs
“This event still give me goosebumps even after doing it every year since 2005….and once again, as it draws closer the excitement is building. Luckily, the UK team is every bit as strong as ever, may be even a little stronger, with three new recruits who will be very keen and eager to impress.
“This year we have a great balance of experience coupled with some young eager passion spanning the UK team. Just as well, given the names that have already been announced in the Australian and US teams! It is going to the most competitive yet in my view, cant wait!!”
“The International Challenge is fast approaching, yip I still get butterflies, mainly because I haven’t been training or actually riding much this year and the International requires a big effort. Team USA and Australia have realised that coming 2nd or 3rd isn’t much fun and wheeled in the big guns with Colin Edwards, Troy Corser, Jason Pridmore and Jake Zemke all joining the party.
“With McGuinness missing through injury and Connor and Jimbo not able to attend we needed to recruit a few names of our own. Team UK have had it all our own way lately, winning the team and individual honours for the last three years and hopefully with our new rider line up we are aiming to continue this winning streak.
“Our full team line up of nine has three new names joining us in ’18, Michael Rutter, Dan Linfoot, Lee Johnston will join us for the first time at the Island.
“Neevesy just missed out making reserve rider last time and with little General Lee, the Blade (Rutter the miserable) and Linny all trying to ruffle a few feathers, places will be hard to come by, aiming for four in a row!”
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