STEADPLAN Primus Racing is set to battle for honours in both the sidecar and classic bike ranks as they reveal their three-pronged 2019 assault.
Team boss Sam Morton pulled the covers off the squad’s plan of attack last night at the Southern 100 launch, announcing that it would field two solo riders and a sidecar squad this season.
Andy Farrell and Ben Rea will take the reigns of the team’s Kawasaki ZXR750, while Michael Jackson will pilot the sidecar.
Reigning double Manx Grand Prix winner Farrell will make his first foray onto a classic bike as well as the Billown course as a newcomer to the Pre-TT Classic Road Races in May.
And the Irishman is also set to make his Classic TT debut as he pilots the team’s ZXR in the Superbike Classic race in August.
Rea, meanwhile, is poised to once again run in Steadplan Primus colours with both the ZXR and a Honda 500 at his disposal.
“Just looking at the bikes and how they’ve been prepped, it’s an absolute privilege to ride them,” Rea said.
“It’s a shame to get them dirty, but they’re both top spec so I just need to keep on training so we can do the job on them.”
On the three-wheeled front, the team is set to welcome Michael Jackson to the fold for the TT’s two Sidecar scraps.
Alongside passenger Harry Payne, the Manxman became one half of the fastest newcomer duo in TT history in 2018 with a 109.198mph lap, and is set to go even quicker after a tough start to last year’s event.
“The TT went really well but we had a tough start as we only got the bike 10 days before,” Jackson said. “So it was all hands on deck to try and get it ready.
“Because of that, we didn’t even do the newcomer’s lap, so the first time we went down Bray Hill was the Monday night. Then in the second race last year, the engine blew up so we just shut it off and rolled it over so I was just happy to get ove the line.
“It was a great achievement for the team and I’m happy for Sam, Jim, Steadplan and Primus to help us out again.”
Jackson is set to be joined by passenger Sarah Stokoe for this year’s TT.