ONE of the district’s best performed local sportsmen could be on the verge of being forced into quitting the sport he loves after this year due to the costs involved.
Motorcycle racing star, Steven Taylor, who was the runner-up in the South Australian State Titles last year, is badly in need of support if he is to continue beyond this year, and will be forced to contest the first race of the season at Broadford this weekend without a pit crew to assist him.
Taylor began riding his former road bike, a Yamaha YZFR1, in races towards the end of 2013 after his old race bike was retired, and will now race in a new category to suit the newer bike, beginning with the Pirelli Road Race Series opening round.
“Starting this weekend is the Pirelli Road Race Series,” Taylor said.
“The first round is at Broadford this week, the second at McNamara Park in SA, the third at Phillip Island and the final round is back in Broadford in September.
“I’ll be racing the Yamaha YZFR1 for this season and I’ll be racing in the Pre-modern F1/period seven class which is up to the year 2000.
“It’s a completely new class that I’ll be racing in and I expect a few faster guys than what I’ve been racing against.
“Honestly, I don’t know how I’ll go yet.
“Hopefully it goes alright, the bike is going well.”
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