Hegarty signs with Top Gun Honda for TT 2017

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Last season’s Isle of Man TT Privateer Champion Dan Hegarty will return to the iconic 37.73-mile course this season after signing to ride a new Fireblade for Adrian Cox’s Top Gun Racing.

Hegarty will run an SP2 and CBR600 at the TT as well as the North West 200, Southern 100, Ulster Grand Prix and Oliver’s Mount. The team will have support from Honda Racing and will be working with Maxton suspension.

His 2016 campaign saw him firmly make his mark at the TT as the leading privateer, with four top 20 finishes including 11th place in both the RL360 Quantum Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races, which are his highest placed finishes to date at the TT. He has a fastest lap of 128.431mph, which he achieved in the RST Superbike Race in 2016, that makes him the 25th fastest rider of all time around the Mountain Course.

He was also fastest newcomer at both the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, achieved a podium in the Southern 100 and scored a win in the Bob Smith Spring Cup at the Oliver’s Mount Circuit at Scarborough and pole position at the International Gold Cup.

“I am so happy to be riding with Wurz and the Top Gun team in 2017. Wurz is not a salesman – he’s a hands on team manager and a very genuine guy. Already he has underpromised and over delivered in many ways – my kind of guy! How he has grown the Top Gun team over the last few years is a great story and it will be a real team effort to achieve good results,” said Hegarty.

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