Two of the most iconic names in British motorcycle racing, HM Plant and Padgett’s, are to join forces for an all-out assault on this years International North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT races.
|HM Plant Honda by Padgett’s Motorcycles
The teams official title will be HM Plant Honda by Padgett’s Motorcycles and sees the return of the familiar black and orange colour scheme to the roads of Northern Ireland and the ‘Rock’ but with the added ‘rainbow’ of the Padgetts colours. The team will run 19-time TT winner John McGuinness in Superstock and Supersport and experienced Kiwi Bruce Anstey in the Superbike and Senior TT.
Chairman of HM Plant John Jones was understandably happy to return to the prestigious races, he said “We’re delighted to be back in the paddock, this time with the supremely successful Padgett’s team and it’s going to be incredibly exciting to support them as they attempt to do the impossible and repeat their phenomenal clean sweep of the TT in 2010″
Padgett’s boss Clive Padgett was in bouyant mood about the team announcement and commented “HM Plant have a fantastic history of supporting top flight motorcycle teams and Padgett’s are proud to be their partner of choice for the 2013 North West 200 and Isle of Man TT. We are, and always will be, a family operation, but carrying such a great name on the fairings will be a massive boost to the team and we can’t wait to go out there and repay John’s faith in us by achieving further sporting success for his company.”
Former HM Plant Honda rider and Padgett’s Team stalwart McGuinness, the TT lap record holder at 131.578mph, said “HM Plant and Padgett’s are a dream team and I’m really looking forward to riding a black and orange bike again at the North West and the TT. It’s great to see a major corporation getting behind the Padgett’s team and recognising the unbelievable level of success they’ve achieved with limited resources.” This year the organisers have honoured his achievements at the annual races by naming a section of the 37 3/4 mile course after the Morcambe Missile.
New Zealander Bruce Anstey, holder of 23 TT podiums and the only man to achieve at least one top-three finish at every TT, NW200 and Ulster GP since 2003, is the most successful roads racer in the last two years said “Nobody has more experience of building a race winning bike for the roads than Clive and the team. With the backing of HM Plant the opportunities for winning in 2013 are better than ever.”