Barry Furber is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the sport of motorcycle road racing. The master technician from Greenhous Vauxhall in Shrewsbury entered for the Isle of Man TT for the first time in 2016, this year he has an entry to ride in the Superbike, Superstock, Senior and Supertwin classes.
For Barry the season starts with testing his new 1000cc Kawasaki ZX10R, provided by Greenhous Vauxhall, on the Anglesey circuit, before racing starts at Mallory Park on the weekend of 11th/12th March. Then he returns to Anglesey for racing over the 25/26th March.
Barry explains: “I am all set for an exciting season riding for Team Greenhous Vauxhall. I am looking forward to new challenges this year moving onto a 1000cc Kawasaki and competing for the first time at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in Northern Ireland over the 9th to 13th May.
“I will be riding a Suzuki SV650 again in the Lightweight class and aiming for a top 10 finish at the TT. The Greenhous Kawasaki ZX10R is going to be a very competitive bike and I can't wait to start testing it. I will compete with all of the top TT riders at the North West 200, including Michael Dunlop on his Suzuki GSXR, John McGuiness and Guy Martin will be riding his new Honda Fireblade. Honda and Suzuki have released new bikes this year.”
The North West 200 is a motorcycle race meeting held each May in Northern Ireland. It is a street circuit course which is run on public roads between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush (the Triangle). The race is one of the fastest in the world, and speeds can reach in excess of 200 mph. The North West 200 is the largest annual sporting event in Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.
Vauxhall are main sponsors of the North West 200 and will provide trade stands and support vehicles and drivers for the duration of the event. They are also the main sponsors of the 13 round British Superbikes Championship.
Speaking on behalf of Greenhous Vauxhall, Richard Potts, Franchise Director, says: “Barry was delighted to receive a call from event organiser Mervyn White officially informing him that he has a ride in the North West 200. Since then he has had flight details and instructions for the trip to meet Steve Plater for circuit tuition over the weekend of 15th/16th March to learn the circuit as he is a newcomer to the race.
“Steve Plater is a former English motorcycle road racer. He was the 2009 British Supersport champion, and also finished as runner-up in the series twice in the late 1990s. In the British Superbike Championship he has 4 wins and 17 further podiums.
“Greenhous Vauxhall have armed Barry with a Movano L2H2 van with a side awning that is currently being stickered and have had his new bike fitted with logo’s and the pit boards signed as Greenhous Vauxhall. The van will take his two bikes, tyres, tools and other equipment. Barry has sent images to Road Racing News who have written a nice piece themselves about team Greenhous Vauxhall.”
Barry looks ahead to the Isle of Man TT which will see him based there for practice and racing over the period from the 27th May to the 9th June. He says: “I will have three races on the new Kawazaki ZX10R in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races and I will enter the Lightweight race on the Suzuki SV650. I hope to improve on my 13th place last year where my best average speed on the course was 118mph. The new Kawazaki 1000 has 200bhp and will reach a top speed of 200mph on sections of the road course.
“I cannot express my thanks enough to Greenhous and Vauxhall for the level of support they are giving me. I hope to have people talking about Team Greenhous Vauxhall throughout the season.”
Pictured are left, Richard Potts and right, Barry Furber.