ARCHIBALD RETURNS TO TAS SUZUKI

TAS Suzuki are pleased to announce the signing of Ballymoney rider Adrian Archibald for the forthcoming Isle of Man TT Races. Archibald is no stranger to the TAS Suzuki set–up and having won three Superbike TT races under the guidance of Philip and Hector Neill in the past few seasons, the 35–year–old father of two will strengthen Suzukis line–up when he takes to the grid on June 3rd. Adrian will partner Kiwi Bruce Anstey who is fresh from his brace of wins at the Kennedy International North West 200, and Ryan Farquhar who is currently out injured will also be in attendance, albeit in a team PR roll.

At this late stage Archibald will not get to ride the stable of TAS Suzuki machinery until he samples the high–speed descent on Bray Hill during the opening practice session, but Team Manager Philip Neill has every confidence in his new signing.

Philip Neill – Team Manager

“Obviously we are pleased to have Adrian back on board for the TT, although I am very flattered by the quality of riders who approached us regarding a ride in the Isle of Man. What I would like to state, is that Ryan Farquhar is still very much a part of our set–up at TAS Suzuki and Adrian is not here to replace the Dungannon man or Bruce Anstey in any way. Adrian will ride equal machinery to Bruce at the Isle of Man TT Races in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport classes; we will then review the situation with regards to the rest of the season and the Ulster Grand Prix.

We are confident that Adrian can perform at the highest level and although he will not have ridden our bikes beforehand, he has prior knowledge of the machinery and great experience around the circuit, which is a successful combination.”

Adrian Archibald

“I’m delighted to be back on Suzuki machinery for the TT and more importantly with TAS. I wasn’t happy after the North West 200 and felt that the package wasn’t competitive enough with my former team, but hopefully we have parted company on amicable terms. I contacted Philip to see if there was anything we could do together as I had considered sitting out the TT, so obviously I’m delighted to be back with the team at TAS Suzuki. I feel the package is the best one available and one that can provide me with the opportunity to win races on the Isle of Man.” 

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