2016 Team Classic Suzuki
With three near identical GSX-R1100 XR69 motorcycles lining up for the 2016 Classic TT, Team Classic Suzuki is already a favorite – and that’s without mentioning the riders.
As in 2015, this year’s Team Classic Suzuki lineup features 13-time TT winner Michael Dunlop, Lee Johnston, and Nick Jefferies. All will pilot the XR69 motorcycles for the team run by Steve Wheatman during the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT set for Monday, Aug. 29.
Dunlop first raced the Classic TT in 2013 – its inaugural year – and led all four laps of the Formula 1. Piloting a GSX-R1100, he lapped at 123.196mph, finishing nearly a minute ahead of then-teammate Conor Cummins. Dunlop was also successful in the Manx Grand Prix Post Classic Superbike races in 2010 and 2012.
Dunlop, who set a new outright lap at the 2016 Isle of Man TT of 133,962mph, claimed his second Classic TT victory last season aboard the GSX-R1100.
Lee Johnston debuted with Team Classic Suzuki in 2014, and finished fifth in the Formula One race that year. Last season, he earned seventh. Nick Jefferies joined the team in 2015 where he took a solid 17th place, the winner of the 1993 Formula One TT race lapping in excess of 114mph.
Steve Wheatman says: “The Classic TT has grown every year since its introduction in 2013 and we have been happy to support it each year. We’ve experienced both success and disappointment in that time, but as reigning champions in the Superbike class, we are fully committed to defending that position and off the back of an incredible TT, Michael Dunlop is definitely the man for the job.
“Lee Johnston is back to full fitness after a crash earlier in the year will challenge for a podium place and in Nick Jefferies we have a real legend of the TT in our line up who adds a lot of experience to the team.”