TRIUMPH LAUNCHES THE 2013 YOUNG GUNS SCHEME

Tom Oliver - Triumph's 2012 Young Guns Winner

Tom Oliver – Triumph’s 2012 Young Guns Winner

Triumph Motorcycles has today launched its Triumph Young Guns scheme for 2013. After two successful years, Triumph is again looking for the next generation of promising young riders to take part in this year’s competition to win a factory supported ride within the 2014 Triumph Triple Challenge. Established to find the UK’s race stars of tomorrow, the Young Guns scheme is open to all amateur ACU-licensed riders aged between 15 and 20.

Ten lucky riders will be selected to take part in the 2013 Triumph Young Guns scheme, with each contestant receiving the opportunity to be mentored by key industry figures on the core skills needed to succeed in the world of professional motorcycle racing. Successful applicants to the Young Guns scheme will be provided with a number of tailored training sessions throughout the year, delivered by a series of industry experts, focusing on issues such as personal fitness, racecraft, bike set-up/development and marketing/promotion.

Following these sessions, the ten riders will be assessed by a panel of judges including a professional rider, race team manager, MSVR management and senior figures from Triumph, to whittle the field down to the three Young Guns finalists.  The finalists will then go head-to-head on the track, with the overall winner of Triumph Young Guns 2013 announced in October.

Guy Masters, general manager of Triumph UK, said: “We’re really excited about the third year of the Triumph Young Guns. Last year’s scheme had a very strong field of riders and I am sure that 2013 will be no different.

“The Young Guns competition is designed to find and nurture the next wave of racing stars and our 2011 winner, Chrissy Rouse, performed well last year in the Triple Challenge finishing third overall in his first year in the championship. Last year’s Young Gun’s winner, Tom Oliver will be looking to stamp his own mark and progress his racing career in this year’s Triumph Triple Challenge.”

MCE BSB promoters MSVR will also be supporting Triumph Young Guns and providing a member of the judging panel. Stuart Higgs, MCE BSB series director, said: “Young Guns is an ideal opportunity for aspiring riders to develop the range of skills they will need at higher levels of racing. Achieving great lap times is one thing, but this scheme is really designed to give riders a much more rounded set of skills that will help them both off and on the track.”

Tom Oliver, winner of the 2012 Triumph Young Gun scheme, said: “The Young Guns initiative is a lot more than a competition and provided me with a lot of insight, mentoring and support during 2012. Last year’s winner Chrissy did really well in the Triumph Triple Challenge so I am looking forward to putting what I learnt into practice riding this year with the continued help of the Triumph team.”

Triumph’s Young Guns scheme forms an integral part of the company’s three tiered motorsport programme, showcasing its iconic Daytona 675 model. This comprises the development of tomorrow’s racing talent with the Young Gun’s competition; the Triumph Triple Challenge, Britain’s most competitive single-make series; and supporting the factory-backed Smiths (Gloucester) Supersports team within the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship.

The deadline for entries to Triumph Young Guns is Monday 19th April, 2013. Application forms can be obtained via the Triumph website www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/triumph-world/young-guns

For further details of the Triumph Triple Challenge, visit www.triumphtriplechallenge.com

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