Hundreds of fans and enthusiasts made the journey to Silverstone for Suzuki’s annual All Star track day last week, offering new and veteran riders the chance to get acquainted with the 2018 range of bikes on the three and a half miles of Grand Prix circuit. Some people however were already more than familiar with what Suzuki’s GSX-R range had to offer.
We took the opportunity to chat to Gavin Reid of Hayes, Middlesex after spotting his fleet of race bikes lining the polished concrete of one of the Silverstone garages. His workshop, located in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, is a Suzuki specialist and provides road and track bike preparation services.
Tell us about the team’s history and what series you race in?
“We’re called MSG Racing. I’ve been running the team for 20 years. We have anywhere between five or seven bikes running at a time, all of which race in the Thundersport GB series around the UK. Our riders Will Harper and Sam McFarlane currently sit second and third in the championship.”
So what made you choose Suzuki as your race bikes?
“Barry Sheene. It’s his fault. I’m 55 this year and Barry was a hero of mine when he was with Suzuki back in the day. We like the bikes and the heritage that comes with them - we’ve always used them.”
What about your history and what attracted you to racing?
“I’ve been working with bikes all my life. All of the instructors here at Silverstone have known me for years. They know it’s all I do. It’s in my blood and I love it.”
Suzuki offers a race bike discount programme through its dealerships, which is also supported by its race parts programme.
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