Hornsea’s Very Own Superbike Unveiled
Lord Mayor, Lee Walton, unveiled Hornsea’s very own Superbike, a Yamaha R6, at Lucien’s Wine Bar, Newbegin, Hornsea, on Saturday 18th February.
The sponsor, Everquip Racing, is a Hornsea based British Super Sport team, set up to support Professional Motorcycle Racer, Bjorn Estment. They are to compete in the 2017 British Superbike series starting in April.
Manager Stuart Everard addressed a packed crowd at Lucien’s. He introduced the team who were quite emotional at their dream becoming a reality. The rider, South African born Bjorn Estment , described the team as, ” tenacity, excellence, all together and motivated..the driving force behind the whole operation.”
He added, “The bike looks amazing. Everybody that has been involved has outdone themselves.”
Stuart Everard later joked, “I hadn’t actually seen the bike until just then. Which I find kind of offensive. I just paid for it, so it doesn’t matter ! But I think the suspense of me waiting to see the bike went into the audience. I am so pleased for how it went.”
The event attracted visitors from Hornsea and the surrounding areas but the live Facebook stream saw viewers from the Netherlands, Germany, USA and as far as South Africa.
Carl Crisp, Stuart Everard’s business partner in the venture, explained that the team is very “Hornsea-Centric”, eight of the team members live in Hornsea. Bjorn Estment is now a Hornsea resident as are most of the team mechanics. He stressed that they have put together an experienced team with the intention of winning and “really putting Hornsea on the map”.
Following the Superbike launch the team will be heading to Cartegna, Spain, for four days of testing. Further trials will follow at Donnington Park and Silverstone before the first race at Donnington on 1st April. The 24 races of the 2017 British Superbike series will be screened live on Eurosport and highlights shown on ITV 4.