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Jonathan Rea in on the joke as baby Leon prepares to join testing

By Paul Lindsay

Jonathan Rea's Pata Honda Team demonstrated the light-hearted side of the sport on Tuesday, with Press Officer Steve Booth using all his creative imagination and ability – to make the most of the April Fool period, with a well-thought out news release.

Trying to catch out fans, the Pata Honda team announced a 'nepotistic youth policy' stating that Rea's son Jake (pictured) and his team-mate Leon Haslam's son Max – who are both under a year old – would test the team's Honda CBR1000RR SP Racing machines on the final day practice at Jerez.

The team claimed to be lowering the ride height on both machines and hired the services of a 'goo-ga' translator to record feedback!

Ballyclare man Rea – who is based in the Isle of Man – even joked that he had been feeding his son Manx Kippers to build up his strength.

All in all, a great bit of team PR.

In other news, Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar will make a return to racing at Scarborough on Sunday, April 13 riding a Supertwin.

The 38-year-old KMR Racing team owner retired at the end of 2012 with 98 race victories at Oliver's Mount.

The Ian Watson Spring Cup weekend will give him an opportunity to tick off the magical ton. The Spring Cup will also see William Dunlop make his debut on the Tyco Suzukis alongside new team-mate and Oliver's Mount specialist Guy Martin.

The programme of events on April 13 includes 10 solo races and two for sidecars.

Admission is £20 for adults with children under 15 free.

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