Joey Thompson will have a factory S1-R Paton at his disposal at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, as well as the international meetings at Scarborough, the North West 200, Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix in 2018.
The young rising star will ride the Supertwin machine in the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race and he will add his name to a list containing names such as Mike Hailwood, Roberto Gallina and Virginio Ferrari who have ridden the iconic Paton marque in the past.
Thompson had a very impressive pure roads debut in 2017 and he will arrive next year with more experience and circuit know-how, and the rider from Yorkshire is fully aware of what it takes to become a serious roads campaigner thanks to having Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher, himself no stranger to the Paton name, in his corner.
“Well, what can I say? I am on a proven winning bike with a winning mentor… no excuses now! Seriously though I am so happy to be riding the Paton at Team ILR next season, as seeing the bike perform at the TT this year it was outstanding and to be given the opportunity to race the bike at all the international road races it gives me the opportunity to prove myself,” he said.
“It won’t be easy though, it’s a completely new bike for me as it will be completely different to the Trickbits Racing Suzuki twin I have previously rode and won on. So to be honest I have a lot of confidence on a super twin machine so let’s get 2018 underway and see what we can do.”
“Once again thanks to everyone for this opportunity as without all the support from Thompson’s, Team ILR and all my personal and team sponsors this wouldn’t be possible.”