Former Moto3 star Danny Webb will debut Team Classic Suzuki’s RG500 at this year’s Classic Superbike TT.
Webb, who finished ninth in the race last year, will swap his XR69 for the RG and aim aim to make history by setting a new lap record around the mountain course for the legendary two-stroke machine.
“Getting the chance to ride an RG500 around the Isle of Man is an unbelievable opportunity and I can’t believe I’ve got it, to be honest. We tested at Donington last week and I was just going round thinking, ‘I’m riding the same sort of bike that Barry Sheene would have ridden around here,’” said Webb.
I’ve got two-stroke experience obviously, but it’s still a very different bike to ride. You can’t be lazy with it and have to really keep the revs high. With modern bikes you can almost be in any gear and it’ll pull, but need to be in the right gear on this. But the test was good, and I got comfortable on the bike, and I’m just buzzing to ride it around the Isle of Man.
“I know it’s a bit before my time, but I’m well aware of the bike’s history and the history of those that rode it, and I’m just so grateful for the chance. It’s my third year with the team as well, we all get on well and they’re a great bunch, so it’s good to be back with everyone.”