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16 January 2009

Tunstall Back on Track in 2009


Photo courtesy of Autosport

Tom Tunstall and the Hardinge Doodson Motorsport Team have confirmed they will be back on the British Superbike [BSB] grid in 2009, with their sights set on success in the Daily Star Superbike Cup Championship.

The highly popular BSB championship is renowned as the toughest domestic motorcycle championship in the world and will once again be screened live on Eurosport reaching 32million homes in 46 countries, as well as enjoying terrestrial coverage on Channel 4.

Sticking with Honda machinery the team have upgraded to the latest spec CBR1000RR Fireblade having sourced the race bikes from the World Superbike paddock.

Tunstall said “I’m very happy with our preparations for 2009. The new bike looks great and although I haven’t ridden it yet everyone I’ve spoken to says it’s a big improvement over the old model. I can’t wait to get down to Spain and start testing."

The team are delighted to continue their partnership with Hardinge Machine Tools Ltd who sold over £18million worth of CNC machine tools in the UK in 2008 and have strong links with the motorsport engineering sector including technical partnerships with Force India F1 team.

 A spokesman for Hardinge added “Our machine tools are being used, and are increasingly being specified by the motorsport sector. Our customers know that we share their passion for the sport, and that we understand the manufacturing and commercial challenges they face. They also recognise, through our motorsport sponsorship and support, that our involvement and dedication is genuine."

The team are also very pleased to welcome increased support from Doodson Motorsport - specialist insurance brokers in the motorsport sector, who also have an impressive reputation in corporate and entertainment insurance.

Neil Clayton [MD Doodson Motorsport] said “We are delighted to be involved with Tom again in 2009. We think working with Tom in the BSB series gives us a great opportunity to continue to build our brand in the Motorsport sector."

With testing booked in both Spain and the UK before the 12 round championship kicks off over the Easter weekend [10th-13th April] at Brands Hatch. The team are looking to be well prepared for the 26 race long season.