When you reflect on the 2010’s, it’s easy to state they were the best team cause they achieved that, they were the best cause they won that race, achieved that lap record.
What you have to take most of all into account is what a team/squad has achieved since the start of the current decade, how successful they’ve been, how respected they are and what makes them unique.
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The Batley based Padgetts Racing ticks all the boxes from competitive action during the 10’s. Five times in a week TT winners with Ian Hutchinson, Clive Padgett’s meticulously hard working squad year in year out impresses.
Following their historic, momentous, record breaking TT exploits in 2010, they have gone onto enjoy countless great moments with the likes of Bruce Anstey, John McGuinness, Dan Kneen, Conor Cummins and Lee Johnston.
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At a glance their impeccable CV from International roads events during the current decade includes eight TT victories, nine Ulster GP victories, North West 200, Classic TT, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough successes and overall 24 TT rostrum finishes.
Ultra loyal to the Honda brand, in 2016 they brought the exotic RC213V-S model to the roads with none other than Bruce Anstey at the controls of the Moto GP derived mount.
Genial New Zealander Anstey who has competed for Padgetts since 2011, has formed a formidable partnership with the Yorkshire squad, adding a hat-trick of Lightweight Classic TT victories, 2015 TT success to his illustrious racing resume.
Racers like Anstey enjoy the friendly, family atmosphere that the Padgetts team provides. It’s a team which knows when it has to be serious, when it has to be focused but also when it needs a more fun side to ease the tension at major events.
Of course this topic about who is the best roads team of the past decade, will stir up debates, varying opinions and I’ve no doubt many won’t agree with my point of view.
For me though Padgetts Racing whilst perhaps not the most successful team wins wise, have been the standout team within the 2010-2019 period in terms of having all the components that put the T into a team.
Words by Stevie Rial