Set to pilot one of the premier mounts of choice within the Super Twins class at the internationals, Southern 100 and Scarborough Gold Cup in 2018, up coming rising roads star Joe Thompson has been given the opportunity next year to compete on a factory S1-R Paton.
The Paton brand synonymous with the TT and Classic TT, returned to the TT winners circle in June as Michael Rutter gave the marques official SC Project backed team a popular Lightweight class crown.
Although still a relative class newcomer, new Paton racer Thompson is quietly confident of contending for first rate results a plenty next year.
The Yorkshireman stated:
“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.
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 me and the team 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.”
Team ILR, Team Owner and Team Manager, ten times TT winner Ian Lougher added:
“I am so pleased that we are in a position to offer Joey a potential race winning package for the Lightweight TT class, thanks must go out to the people who have made this possible for us, Mark Coverdale and Solway Slate and Tile.
The Paton name is an iconic name in motorcycle racing, and Team ILR look forward to renewing our ties with the Paton factory.
Joey is certainly not under any pressure from anybody to perform, as our ethos from a team perspective is ‘a happy rider is a fast rider’, so roll on 2018. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to everybody from Team ILR.”
Words by Stevie Rial