After various major announcements throughout December of 2019 and in early January of 2020, it’s worth re capping how the 2020 international roads rider/team jigsaw is shaping up.
Senior TT winner Dean Harrison remains with Silicone Engineering Racing, respected rival, world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman sticks with Smiths Racing who for 2020 will take on the mantle of BMW Motorrad UK’s official roads team.
Honda’s 2020 roads charge led by Honda UK, is headed by the exciting new rider line up of IRRC Superbike Champion Davey Todd and TT debutant Glenn Irwin.
Padgetts Racing retain Manx star Conor Cummins whilst Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki’s TT challenge is led by none other than 23 times TT winner John McGuinness.
Photo courtesy of OMG Racing Press Team
OMG Racing’s maiden foray into the International roads scene sees them link up with two established front runners, 2013 Lightweight TT winner James Hillier and RST Superbike Classic TT victor David Johnson.
PreZ Racing, McAdoo Kawasaki respectively retain the services of TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward and 2018 Ulster GP Super Twins winner Adam McLean.
Whilst additional confirmed 2020 rider/team combinations include Michael Evans (Wilcock Consulting), Joe Akroyd (Peoples Bike Team), Joe Loughlin (Team ILR), Matt Mylchreest/Jason Corcoran (Gorilla Racing/MWR Motorcycles).
Masayuki Yamanaka (Team ILR), James Hind (Team ILR – Super Twins class), Stefano Bonetti (Team ILR – Super Twins class), Mike Norbury (DC Racing), Shaun Anderson (Noel Williamson Racing), Alastair Seeley (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki – North West 200).
Lee Johnston, Michael Rutter look likely to compete respectively for Ashcourt Racing, Bathams Racing again with the latter potentially joined by Richard Cooper at the North West 200.
Additional teams still to announce their roads plans include RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki, PRF Racing, Penz 13 BMW, KMR Kawasaki, BE (Burrows Engineering) Racing and Bristol based RC Express Racing.
Words by Stevie Rial