| All Systems go for Jason
A new look Jason Griffiths will take to the racetrack
this season in the colours of new sponsor Team Morris Holdings*. The outfit
will supply Jason with a brand new Yamaha R71. And it doesn't stop there;
they've also brought V&M Racing on board to prepare the bike to full race
In addition to the Morris Holdings R71, Jason will be
competing the 2001 campaign with a Yamaha R6 and a Production R1, both courtesy
of Road and Track Motorcycles, while Dennis Trollope Racing is supplying a
And to cap it all Jason has also been made President of
the Joey Dunlop Injured Riders Fund (IOM).
The R71, which Jason will
ride at the Isle of Man TT races, the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix,
is being given the V&M racing treatment. By enlisting Jack Valentine and
Steve Mellor's expertise, which has led them to a string of victories across
the United Kingdom and beyond, Team Morris Holdings show they mean business and
they won't be on the grid to make up the numbers. "This is brilliant news,"
enthused Jason. "V&M's reputation goes before them, everyone knows the
success they've achieved and to have their knowledge on board is a massive
bonus. The machine is already awesome but their expertise could be the
difference between first and second place."
He'll be riding the R71 in
the prestigious Formula One and Senior T.T. races, and the two Superbike events
at the NorthWest 200.
Jason's also looking to continue the success he
has enjoyed with Road and Track Motorcycles. The Isle of Man Yamaha dealer has
lined up a tuned R6 Yamaha (with the added spice of engine preparation by
V&M!) for the Junior TT and the Supersport race at the NorthWest 200 plus
the R1 for the forthcoming production races. "I've had some good times courtesy
of Road and Track," he said. "I finished second on their bike in the 1999
Production TT and fourth at last years NorthWest. The boys know me and they
know what type of machine you need to succeed."
Dennis Trollope Racing,
another long-time associate of Jason's, is providing the ultra-quick TZ250
Yamaha, which he'll ride in the Lightweight TT.
negotiations have been taking place with Chrysalis Racing with a view to riding
their Single cylinder machine at the TT again. Last year he finished second on
the AM/DM bike as well as enjoying some great results in Europe in the Mono
series. An announcement is imminent.
"All in all, the faith shown in me
by Team Morris Holdings, Road and Track and Dennis Trollope is a great
confidence booster," said Jason. "The machinery's in place for me to succeed,
it's now down to me to make sure great bikes become winning bikes."
Jason has also been named as President of the Joey Dunlop Injured
Riders Fund (IOM). "It's a great honour," said Jason. "It's also very humbling.
Joey was an inspiration to us all. Motorcycle racing can be good to people but
it can also be very cruel. I've enjoyed some great moments in my career without
too much misfortune. Unfortunately, there's been those who have either never
been able to fulfil their potential, or have had their career come to an end,
because of injury. The fund is a great idea and gets my full support."
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