MOTORCYCLING: East Kirkby’s Philp heads to Silverstone for 2016 debut

Tommy Philp testing at Donington Park.

Tommy Philp testing at Donington Park.

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Team-mates Tommy Philp and Aaron Clarke head to Silverstone at the weekend for their debut in the 2016 Supersport and Superstock 600 championships for their new team, Draper Racing.

Both riders were at Donington Park last week to take part in the British Superbike test day where they made final preparations to their respective bikes prior to the first race of the season.

Tommy is campaigning the British Supersport championship this season and, after moving house to East Kirkby, is relishing the chance to prove his worth in the class. He has made good progress with the new bike at the Donington test and is itching to get his season underway at Silverstone.

He said: “I am pleased with the way the test has gone, the bike is running well and, apart from a bit of discomfort with my shoulder that was injured a few weeks ago, I am looking forward to my first race for the new team.”

Team-mate Aaron from Kirton, near Boston, has switched machinery to Yamaha this year and is posting times faster than ever before in the Superstock 600 class.