There will be a new bike on the Moto2 grid at this year’s British Grand Prix as Brough Superior will enter their Carbon 2 bike as a wildcard entry, ridden by Luke Mossey.
The bike which was unveiled on BT Sport last night will compete in Moto2 as a wildcard entry and will sport their own carbon fibre chassis on top of the standard 600cc Honda engine. It will be ridden by British Supersport rider Luke Mossey who has already ridden the bike in tests in the United States.
Brough Superior are a legendary British motorbike manufacturer who made custom bikes between 191 and 1940, where they made a total of 19 models and approximately 3000 bikes over that period. This latest venture sees a number of parties joining forces to build the bike and put it on the grid.
British businessmen Paul Taylor and John Keogh are running the team on behalf of the Brough Superior brand which will be re-launched in the near future, the bike will be made by the California company Taylormade and rebranded under the Brough name with Bennetts prividing sponsorship for the Silverstone round. With such big names involved it is definitely a serious entry and one to be taken seriously.
Launching the project, Taylor said:
There is a lot of romance around Brough Superior and the project is sure to attract attention around the world, but as much as anything we are just excited to be backing British engineering and design. When it was introduced in 2010, we expected Moto2 to be a place for chassis innovation. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case and we’re proud to be backing this original design in an otherwise homogenised field.
Luke Mossey will be the rider at Silverstone, the Englishman currently 7th in the British Supersport championship with his first win in the series coming at Silverstone last year. The 21 year old is looking forward to lining up in the World Championship, saying:
I can’t wait to race the Bennetts Brough Superior Carbon 2. I’ve ridden it in California and really like the bike – it reminds me of riding my 250GP bikes. I’ve done well at Silverstone, it’s one of my favourite tracks, so think we can be competitive even though have had less track time than our competitors.
As this is a one off wildcard appearance, there aren’t huge expectations on Mossey in the race, with exposure and brand awareness the main aim for Silverstone, with Paul Taylor stating:
There are no results expectations from Luke and the team, we’re just thrilled to be flying the flag for Britain. There’s no doubt that we are the underdogs, but we like that and hope that the British public will get behind this exciting project.
Brough Superior was bought by British engineer Mark Upham last year and there are plans to sell its new SS100 model early next year which will be the first new Brough Superior motorcycles to go on sale for 75 years.