Johnston to Spearhead Rapido Ducati 1199 R TT Campaign
A collaboration between two Ducati dealer-based racing teams, Moto Rapido (Hampshire) and Millsport Racing. (Ballymoney NI) will result in the creation of a new team at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fueled by Monster Energy.
Northern Ireland racer Lee Johnston, who made his TT races debut in 2012, will spearhead the team on the Isle of Man in the Superbike and Superstock classes while Italian Matteo Baiocco will represent the team in the British Superbike Championship.
Team owners Steve Moore and James Murray formed the partnership to create a single team, which will also compete at the other ‘International’ road races – The North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
Steve Moore (Team manager) says: “I am very happy to join forces with Millsport to create team Rapido Sport Racing. Over several meetings it soon became clear that we could work well together and present a stronger and more efficient team in both the BSB paddock and the road racing internationals where the experience of the Millsport team will be invaluable. Together we can field a strong side for Ducati in the Superbike and Superstock classes.
“We’re all pleased to have Lee in Superstock 1000 where he proved himself on last years bike so with the 1199 R and some development and support from Bologna I am sure we can expect more great results from him.”
James Murray (Millsport Racing) says: “It is fantastic for Millsport Racing to join forces with Moto Rapido and create Rapido Sport Racing, it will strengthen the Ducati brand presence at BSB and the International road race events as well as giving our sponsors, partners and fans a single Ducati team to support and follow.
“Over 2012 we got to know the Moto Rapido team and when the idea arise about us joining forces it was an easy decision. With Lee in Superstock and Matteo in Superbike on the Ducati 1199R we have a very strong team and can’t wait to get started.”
You can follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/DucatiRacing and Twitter @RapidoSport.