2012 Isle of Man TT
Last year, the Worcestershire-based Simon Andrews made his debut in the Isle of Man TT aboard a BMW S1000RR (Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley BMW team), earning himself the fastest newcomer award.
Andrews, a British Superbike rider since 2006, will return to the Isle of Man TT in 2012, this time aboard the Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR. And his teammate will be no other than 17-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness.
Andrews will compete on the Isle of Man aboard the 2012 version of the CBR1000RR Fireblade in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races, and will also race a Fireblade in the Royal London 360 Superstock race. He’s also signed up for the new Supertwin Lightweight TT and will campaign for Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley racing by Motorsave Trade ltd outfit on an ER6 Kawasaki.
Besides the IOM TT, Andrews will also compete on the Honda TT Legends Team CBR1000RR Fireblade during the FIM Endurance World Championship alongside McGuinness. Also joining Andrews and McGuinness during the assualt on the EWC will be Australian Camerond Donald and 2011 Isle of Man TT Supersport race-winner Gary Johnson.
Andrews, who is fully recovered from his BSB crash at Snetterton last July, will began testing this week at that same track for the first round of the 2012 FIM Endurance World Championship at the Bol D’or at Magny-Cours, France, April 14. The testing sessions will be Andrews first on a motorcycle since breaking his leg last season.
Simon Andrews (Honda TT Legends CBR 1000 RR Fireblade) says: "It was great to get back to the Isle of Man and familiarize myself with the course again and I’ve definitely found some sectors where I can improve on last year. I’m now just looking forward to getting back on a bike and getting race fit for the 2012 TT."
Paul Phillips (TT and Motorsport Manager for Isle of Man) says: "Simon Andrews is a great professional and is applying himself really well to learning the course and his approach will I’m sure pay dividends in June. He’s deserved his place in the factory team on the basis of his performance in his debut season last year and I’m sure that on strong machinery he’ll do well."
Simon Andrews Bio:
Andrews, from Evesham, has a number of notable performances at the Macau Grand Prix under his belt. He was the fastest newcomer in 2009, finishing seventh, and was pipped for a podium slot in last year’s race around the Asian street circuit.
He made his debut in 1999, aged 16, in the New Era Club Championship. By 2002 Andrews was a fully fledged competitor in the British Supersport Championship and took four top 10 finishes, improving to third overall in the 2005 season.
Andrews made his British Superbike championship debut in 2006, running concurrently in both British Superbike and Supersport championships, and in 2008 he finished eighth in the championship.
In 2009 he was the official Kawasaki rider in the British Superbike Championship, regularly finishing in the top three, and also raced as a ‘wild card’ in that year’s Superbike World Championship round at Donington, finishing in the top 10.
In 2010, Andrews replace the injured Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) at the Valencia round of the World Championship. He finished 18th in race one, but crashed heavily into the pit wall during race two.
In 2011, Andrews made his Isle of Man TT debut, earning the fastest newcomer award. He would later break his leg during the Snetterton round of British Superbike while competing on PR Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R.