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Anvil Hire TAG Racing unveils striking new look for 2016 MCE BSB

Wednesday, November 04 2015

Anvil Hire TAG Racing has revealed a stunning new look for the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as the team switches to Yamaha for the new campaign, with a three-strong rider line-up of British Supersport champion Billy McConnell, American James Rispoli and Shaun Winfield.

The team switches to the Yamaha YZF-R1 for the 2016 season, running the new machines in the striking Yamaha Motor 60th anniversary livery with title sponsorship from Anvil Hire, a national tool and plant hire company based in Burton-on-Trent. The team's campaign is further supported for the new season by West Midlands-based Tamworth Yamaha.

McConnell will be reunited with TAG Racing and Yamaha in 2016 as the 2014 British Supersport champion returns to the team. The Australian has high hopes for the new season after scoring his first podium finish in the premier class at Cadwell Park this year, adding to a string of top ten finishes.

McConnell said: "I'm really happy to get back on the Yamaha and to rejoin TAG Racing. I have a big spot in my heart for Yamaha and we have seen what a great package it has been this season.  I have some history with the team after riding for them in 2011 in Supersport and so it's familiar territory.

24-year-old Rispoli from Florida made his first appearance in the British paddock during the final round of 2012 in the Superstock 600 class before joining Keith Flint's Team Traction Control to contest the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship over the past two seasons. Rispoli moves into MCE BSB after a strong 2015 season in Supersport, where he celebrated six podium finishes.

Rispoli said: "I'm really pumped for 2016! Anvil Hire Yamaha have already put a lot of work into 2016, and to have signed for the new season, onboard a championship-winning bike is really awesome. I'm really happy that Rob and Tracy have given me the platform and I want to be the top rookie. This is a huge opportunity and something that I have been working towards for years. To have come over from America and to be moving into the premier class in the toughest domestic series in the world is a huge accomplishment."

Winfield will complete the 2016 line-up as the 22-year-old prepares for his second season in the premier class. The Swadlincote-based rider completed a positive rookie year and is now aiming higher for the forthcoming campaign as he targets top 15 finishes.

Winfield said: "I'm over the moon to be staying in Superbikes for 2016; I can't wait to get going because it's exciting for everyone involved. Last year we learnt a lot and I improved during the season. I just want to carry on the momentum I created at the end of the season onto the winter tests onboard the new Yamahas before 2016 where I want to hit the ground running. I'm really proud of what we've achieved as a team this winter, the bikes look mega and I can't for the new season."

The team is now set for an extensive testing programme in Spain ahead of the opening round of the 2016 season at Silverstone on 8/9/10 April.

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