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Emmett to race South African Classic TT series



Dear South Africa. Lock up your daughters (and your mothers for that matter), this man is on his way
Dear South Africa. Lock up your daughters (and your mothers for that matter), this man is on his way

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Former Suzuki 500cc GP rider Sean Emmett will contest the 2013 three-round South African Class TT series aboard a 1976 Suzuki RG500 Mk6.

Emmett, who partnered former World Champion Kevin Schwantz in the Lucky Strike-backed Suzuki 500 GP team, will be part of the Team Classic Suzuki squad run by British businessman and Grand Prix enthusiast Steve Wheatman - and managed by former Suzuki factory technician Paul Boulton - in the series that runs throughout January and February.

The current British 500GP CRMC champion will pilot Suzuki's iconic 70's classic that dates back to the days when Suzuki dominated the 500 GP's and an era that saw factory rider Barry Sheene lift two world titles before the end of that decade.

The SA Classic TT Racing Series has now been running for five years and recreates a golden era of South African motorcycle racing when the likes of Sheene, Grant, Agostini, Read, John Cooper, Ray Pickerel, Chas Mortimer and many more GP stars travelled to South Africa over the Christmas period to race in the sunshine.

Although the current version of the SA TT has been running longer than the 1970's series, the trophy for the ultimate SA TT Champion dates back to 1922, when a racing series - also called the SA TT - took place on public roads in the Eastern Cape.

The series is divided into three classes; up to 1975, up to 1984; and up to 1988. It is open to any racing machine qualifying in those categories. There are six races over three circuits, with two races each at the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth, Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria; and the final two races at the famous Kyalami GP circuit in Johannesburg.

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