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As well as the Lightweight 400 event at the 2001 TT,
John Shand Racing will be entering machines in the bigger classes as a prelude
to a bigger effort in 2002. A warm up for things to come in the future and to
give the team some expertise.
In the Junior 600cc race we will be
entering a 2001 model CBR600 machine presently being prepared in Japan and
delivery will be taken from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) later this month.
Rider for this bike will be Jun Maeda who also running a
Production Honda Fireblade prepared in England for the team.
have a busy TT with three machines and in his best English, has explained he is
looking forward to meeting his Manx friends again in June. In addition he looks
forward to developing his skills with the new 600cc Honda and help from the
team in getting the setup working for a more serious attempt in 2002.
In the Formula One, Swedish rider Jonas Svensson will compete on the
teams Honda VTR1000SP1. This machine will feature front and rear suspension
from Ohlins and some special parts obtained on our recent visit to Japan. Again
the bike is in a development process and the team mechanics look forward to
learning the setup to make these big twins work well on the TT circuit.
Mechanics from Sweden, Norway, Japan and England will be on hand to
prepare and maintain the seven machines entered for the TT while the balance of
the crew fly in from New Zealand and Australia before practice commences to
assist with the effort.
"Crash courses in sign language are needed,"
commented Richard Turner the Isle of Man partner in the team who will be
traveling to Sweden later in March to assist in final preparations for the TT.
There he will meet the members of a Swedish Motorcycle Technical
Institute where preparation of the chassis components for the 400cc bikes is
Coordinating all this from a small town south of
Stockholm and putting the pieces together in the jigsaw has been a major
exercise, but we hope worthwhile. We all trust the TT fans get as much
enjoyment from our efforts, as we do in trying to help riders in their road
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