Manxman lines up alongside Anstey
The Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles team will be making a two-pronged attack on this year’s Classic TT, with Dan Kneen joining last year’s race winner Bruce Anstey in contesting the Formula One race for the Batley-based outfit.
Anstey led last year’s corresponding race from start to finish when he rode the team’s 1992 YZR500 Grand Prix Yamaha machine.
Having set a new lap record of 123.894mph, which he recorded from a standing start, few would bet against him delivering a repeat performance this time around.
Manxman Kneen, meanwhile, is experiencing his first year with the team and has done well at all of the international road races, achieving a number of top eight finishes.
Having missed last year’s event due to injury, he’s relishing the chance to ride another of the team’s machines at the Classic TT.
Kneen will be on a 1989 750cc Yamaha OW01, with the bike having considerable pedigree.
Former TT winner Rob McElnea rode for the team in the early part of the
1989 season and took the OW01 to third and fourth in the Hungarian round of that year’s World Superbike Championship.