Tysers Yamaha gear up for title defence ahead of Quattro Group British Supersport restart

The Tysers Yamaha squad are fired up for the restart of the 2020 Quattro Group British Supersport Championship, with riders Brad Jones and Rory Skinner fully fit after packed training schedules during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they aim to collect a fourth Championship title in as many years.

The 2020 Championship is due to get underway in one month’s time at Donington Park and the Colin Appleyard Motorcycles run team has been working hard behind the scenes with their preparations.

During the lockdown and enforced break from racing, the team have continued to develop their championship winning Yamaha YZF-R6 machinery, upgrading components following rider feedback after two Spanish tests back in March.

Brad Jones said: “Obviously it has been a very, very long break! Looking on the positive side, I have had a lot time to focus on myself and keeping fit, so I have been doing lots of cycling, and I’m really involved in that now, I have found that works for me in terms of my weight being a taller rider.

“I’ve also been working with my personal trainer keeping my strength up, so like every other rider I’m going into the season as physically fit as possible, and I can’t wait to get back out now on the Tysers Yamaha.

“It was good to cycle with Scott (Redding), he had been really hitting his bike hard and he arranged a day with me and it was intense. It wasn’t easy but it was a good experience because he pushed me hard and that long drive home was a killer!

“I’m chomping at the bit to get going, especially coming off the back of last season which was a career highlight for me, I came on a lot as a rider and I’m looking to build on that. After all the testing I felt good, and the lockdown has felt like another off-season, so getting back out on a bike on trackdays was good, it got my head up to speed.

“My goals haven’t changed, they remain the same and that is what has kept me going during the pandemic. I know I have the best opportunity, everything is in place to try and secure the Championship, so it’s important I make no mistake in a short season, I’m fully focused and I know the team can do it.”

Rory Skinner said: “It’s been tough for everyone really, we went from doing the pre-season test and then we haven’t ridden a bike for the last three months. We were out in Spain for a week and then when we returned to the UK it was near enough straight into lockdown, so that was pretty tough in itself to get my head around what happened, it was really gutting.

“Me and my Dad have been working hard at home doing DIY, we’ve laid a new patio and some decking and I have been mountain biking and cycling as much as I can, getting the miles in. Riding a mountain bike is the closest thing I can get to riding my race bike at the minute. It was the best testing I’d ever had in my life, and then when I came back I didn’t know how long it was going to be before I could get back out on my bike again, so that was tough. 

“Racing is racing at the end of the day, you go there to do the job and this year will be no different. We will have two feature length races this year and that will be a little bit different to get our heads around, but I’m looking forward to that. Of course I’m a bit gutted to be not be racing at Knockhill as I have a lot of support there but honestly its just amazing that we’re getting going at all, so bring it on!”

Team Owner Robin Appleyard summarised: “After the longest off season ever, we’re really fired up to go defend our crown and try to take title number four! The bikes were already in good trim but it’s given us even longer to fettle them ahead of the official Donington test.

“We’re very grateful to all our sponsors for sticking with us in these difficult times especially Tysers, Doug Macadam and new for 2020, Motul Oil.”

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