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Venter set to ride Burrows' top bike at TT as prospect Todd leads rookies

 

By Roy Harris

South African competitor AJ Venter will ride a Suzuki GSX-R1000 at the Isle of Man TT for the Cookstown-based Burrows Engineering Racing team.

The 30-year old, who missed the event last year, made his debut on the Mountain Course in 2014.

He will compete in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Pokerstars Senior TT races.

AJ only arrived on the Isle of Man on Tuesday after missing the first practice session for the Superbike and Superstock machines, but he was quickly into his stride, lapping at 115.563mph after completing two laps.

He joins new boy Davey Todd in the team solely for the TT. The young prospect has been making eye-catching progress as he continues to learn the Mountain Course, with Davey topping the newcomer times with an impressive speed of 121.972mph.

Team boss John Burrows said: "AJ will ride for us in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races. He only arrived on the Isle of Man on Tuesday and he basically sat on the bike for the first time and went off down Bray Hill.

"He has been here a few times before and has lapped around the 122mph or 123mph mark, so his knowledge of the course is good, although this is actually only his fourth time at the TT.

"I certainly would like to try and help AJ build on what he has achieved in the past and try and pass some of my knowledge on to him. He is a real nice guy and I've known him for several years also, so I'm looking forward to working with him.

"There is no pressure in terms of a result and we just want to do a good job for him as a team and help him improve," he added.

"Davey has come here and done so much homework, including more than 120 laps in a car, and he has been watching on-board footage on DVD.

"There are so many ways for newcomers to learn the course now compared to how it was in the past.

"He has approached it very sensibly and he's not out there racing the course. I have passed on as much advice as I can and Davey has been really impressive so far. If you try and rush things, then you won't progress steadily, but Davey is going about it in the right way."

Venter added: "Having sat out of last year's TT, I am really excited to be back at the Isle of Man this year.

"I would also like to say a massive thank you to Joao Fernandes from CF32 Racing for putting this whole deal together. Having the opportunity to learn from someone like John is really a dream come true."

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