The reigning Quattro Group British Supersport Champions, Appleyard Macadam Yamaha, will again turn its attention to the stars of the future for the 2021 season, signing Bradley Perie and Rhys Irwin in a bid to help the two young riders fulfill their already-promising potential.
Bradley, from Kendal, Cumbria, and Rhys, from Donegal, Ireland, have both impressed on their privateer Yamaha YZF-R6 machines in the Supersport and Superstock classes respectively, providing an ideal grounding for them to ride the immaculately prepared racebikes of the official Yamaha Supersport race team.
After logging up an unprecedented fourth consecutive British Supersport title with Rory Skinner, the Keighley-based team and dealership will now focus on getting their two new chargers onto the podium. They also plan to launch a separate Appleyard Academy scheme, with more news to follow on this project shortly.
Team Owner Robin Appleyard said, “We’re always looking to bring on new talent and we get a lot of satisfaction seeing our riders progress, as Rory has with his new Superbike ride.
Again, this year, we’re taking a slight step back by bringing on two more young riders, one very much a rookie, but with the backing of Yamaha, we plan to take them to the front of the grids and run at the front.
Brad and Rhys are two talented young riders with, I believe, massive potential, who’ve both done it the hard way with their dads logging up massive miles in a van each weekend, so it’s time to give them that opportunity with a bigger team. I honestly think Brad can battle for wins and Rhys caught my attention from as early as Silverstone, and whilst very much a learning year for him, I think we can get him close to the front before long. The 2021 series is resurgent with new manufacturers and teams, with the likes of Jack (Kennedy) returning, which is just what we need to help the lads develop around good experienced riders.