Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing Yamaha Crew 2023
Dean Harrison and Richard Cooper will be part of forces on a pair of Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing YZF R6 Yamahas to chase Supersport glory at this yr’s fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 on Might 7-13.
The Northern Eire based mostly squad is run by Glenavy’s Alister Russell and backed by the Portadown-based engineering firm.
“I rode the BPE Yamaha for the primary time on the ultimate spherical of the British championship at Manufacturers Hatch, ending second and third. Then I had two wins on the R6 on the Sunflower assembly and I knew the bike was the enterprise. At Manufacturers I used to be operating on the entrance with Lee Johnston who’s profitable TTs and North West 200 races so I believe I now have the package deal to do the identical on the North West. I had an excellent week on the North West 200 final yr, in all probability the perfect week of my racing life and the occasion is on the prime of my calendar now. Final yr was solely my third time there however I just like the problem of using a sequence of various bikes within the moist and the dry.”
Each Cooper, who turned the NW200’s quickest newcomer in 2019, and Harrison had been podium finishers finally yr’s North West with Harrison ending second within the CP Rent Superstock race and Cooper claiming third in each the Turkington Superstock and Anchor Bar Superbike races earlier than securing an excellent runner-up end within the characteristic Merrow Resort Superbike occasion.
The Nottingham man doesn’t compete on the Isle of Man TT however Harrison will journey the BPE Yamaha at each the NW200 and the TT.
The Bradford rider completed on the rostrum of each Supersport TTs final season and was given the go forward to discover a new 600cc machine for 2023 after the DAO Racing Kawasaki squad he has ridden for in latest seasons pulled out of the Supersport class this yr.
“I rode the BPE Yamaha throughout a check at Cartagena in Spain and did my quickest ever 600c time round there on it. The R6 doesn’t transfer about as a lot because the Kawasaki and on paper it ought to be faster which can present a bonus.”
Securing the signatures of main roads star, Harrison and former British Superstock champion, Cooper is a significant coup for Alister Russell who has labored as crew chief to Keith Amor, Cameron Donald, Man Martin and the late, William Dunlop. Final season was his first as a workforce principal, operating Ian Hutchinson within the British Supersport championship alongside outings on the North West 200 and TT.
“It was a optimistic begin for the brand new workforce with Ian and we hope to construct on that in 2023 with Dean and Richard on the roads and quick circuits. It’s nice to have two prime class riders, each confirmed winners, on board for 2023. Richard proved the potential of the Yamaha through the ultimate spherical of the British Supersport championship at Manufacturers and with Dean becoming a member of him within the squad we now have two riders who ought to be combating for podiums this yr. It’s a large factor for the workforce to have riders of their calibre. We’ll do chosen rounds of the British championship and much more racing this time round than we did final yr.”