FFX Yamaha has today (14th January 2014) announced its formation as an official British Superbike (BSB) team making its debut in 2014, as well as announcing that it’s headline rider will be none other than Record-breaking TT winner Ian Hutchinson.
FFX Yamaha will join the MCE BSB championship with strong foundations and will be sharing technical knowledge with SMR (Shaun Muir Racing) and will be recognised as a satellite Yamaha team. The dynamic new team are backed by FFX, one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of high quality tools, fixings and building supplies, who also became EBay UK’s largest supplier of tools in 2010.
After securing an incredible Macau Grand Prix victory on his return from a 3-year period of operations and rehabilitation after a crash whilst racing at Silverstone, Hutchinson will also be making his season debut in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in 2014, following several one off appearances in the previous years.
Hutchinson said: “I have been aiming to race in the Championship for several years and I had the chance a few seasons ago but I had setbacks with my injury so this feels like a big opportunity for me. This whole season means a lot to me personally because I have done a couple of rounds before but never a whole Championship and I am excited that we have the chance to learn and progress throughout the year. MCE BSB is the highest level of racing in Britain and I have my own targets and ambitions but I am going to take it as it comes because we know we have a well-developed bike with the Yamaha and that should make my first season an easier scenario.”
The ambitious FFX Yamaha team will also be fielding Northern Irish rider Andy Reid in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship on the YZF-R6. Andy has progressed to the class after claiming three race victories from just six races in the 2013 Motostar Championship.
FFX Yamaha Team Principal Gary Ekerold said: “This is a fantastic announcement for 2014; to have Hutchy (Hutchinson) feature on the MCE British Superbike grid. I’m really looking forward to working with him and as a rider I don’t think he should ever be underestimated. He is renowned for his incredible success on the roads and now wants to demonstrate what he’s capable of when it comes to BSB and I believe will bring yet another dimension to the series.
FFX General Manager Mark Skinner concluded: “It’s no secret that everyone at FFX has been waiting for the moment when the time would be right to launch our own motorcycle racing team. Many of our customers are big fans of BSB and we look forward to the season and the chance to introduce new customers to the FFX brand. ‘Hutchy’s’ epic comeback from serious injury to win the Macau Grand Prix and his qualities of speed, power, tenacity, and endurance are most certainly qualities that the FFX brand aspires to.”
FFX, based in Folkestone, Kent, began trading in 2003 and has rapidly expanded to become one of the UK’s largest supplier of all the major tool brands as well as fixings and building supplies. As well as gaining significant market share of the European online tool market via the FFX website, FFX recently became Ebay UK’s largest supplier of tools with unrivalled customer feedback and customer satisfaction.
Over the course of 2014, FFX will be expanding its network of retail outlets as well as opening a new distribution centre.