Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cooper And Centurion to build on strong 2012 motorcycle TT performance

Motorcycle road racer Dan Cooper, after successful 2011 and 2012 TT performances, is teaming up once more with Centurion Racing from Cornwall and Monster Energy, for the 2013 Isle of Man TT.

Best of British

Dan Cooper, who hails from Stroud in Gloucestershire, made his debut in the Isle of Man TT in 2011 and achieved four bronze replicas in his first appearance.  In 2012 he upped his game and came home with three bronze replicas and one silver one.

He also came in runner-up in the Privateer's Championship and gained the Joe Craig trophy for the best British rider with the best performance on a British machine - quite an achievement in his second only TT year.

Centurions, but no tortoise...

Centurion Racing will be tackling all six main races with a Honda Fireblade for the Superbike and Senior TTs, and a production version for the Superstock TT, both Supersport Races aboard a 675cc Triumph and a 650cc Kawasaki for the new Lightweight class.

On his 1000cc debut in 2011, Dan Cooper, the former British 125GP champion, recorded an incredible lap of 122.583mph in the Senior TT, en route to twenty-fourth place.  However he really shot to prominence in 2012 when he recorded a nineteenth place in the Superbike TT to up his best lap to 123.654mph on a Honda Fireblade.

Silver lining

A twenty-fourth place in the Superstock TT on the Honda, lapping at 122.623mph was followed up by two amazing rides aboard the 675cc Triumph in the Supersport races.  Here he claimed eleventh overall at 120.634mph in the first race before a best lap of 121.674mph saw him achieve a fantastic top ten finish in the second Supersport, and with it, his first coveted silver replica.

Paul Rees, Team Principal said:

"Dan has always impressed me ever since he first joined Centurion for the British Supersport series. He has a good riding style that combines smoothness and aggression and this is a good combination for the TT. This year at the TT will only be the third year for Dan and the team and we are aiming to improve on the results from last year where Dan succeeded in getting his first silver replica trophy."

"For 2013, we have all the team attire, bikes and the race truck in new livery with H4H (Help for Heroes) logos so are very proud to 'fly the flag' for them at the Isle of Man TT again this year."

And from the man himself, Dan Cooper commented:

"I'm really looking forward to racing on the roads again next year. I just can't wait to get started. The team is pushing the boat out for me this year and we are entering six races at the TT, which means it's going to be a busy fortnight. The team has built a new Superbike for me which means I'll be on slicks for the first time and I'm also hoping to improve on my top ten in the Supersport race."


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