Webb and Hartley set for Supersport title attack with Appleyard Macadam

Team Appleyard Macadam Racing has announced their 2015 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship line-up of Danny Webb and Harry Hartley.

23-year-old Webb consecutively finished inside the top ten of the 125cc World Championship in previous years and lapped at 120mph around the Isle of Man TT circuit on his debut last year. The Tunbridge Wells-based rider is now focused on making his mark in Britain.

Hartley is a former podium finisher in the Superstock 600 class and the youngest-ever point scorer in MCE British Superbike history when he made his debut in the class last season. The 17-year-old Burnley contender gained vast experience in the premier class last year and is ready for the new challenge.

The Yorkshire based squad will campaign a pair of Yamaha R6 machines with their all-new line-up for the new season with the backing of Rapid Solicitors and the Doodson Group.

Webb said: "I'm really happy to be riding for the Appleyard Macadam team. It means a lot that the team believe in me and are giving me a chance to challenge for the British Supersport Championship. I'm looking forward to testing and getting to know the team and how they work. We'll need to build up throughout testing and be ready for the first round at Donington.

"The main aim is get some strong results throughout the year but mainly to be consistent. We have to see what position we're in after testing and go from there, but I'm sure we will be a strong team together. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and those that made this opportunity happen."

Hartley said: "I am really pleased to have the chance to join the Appleyard Macadam team for 2015. They've given me the chance to get myself back out on the grid after a difficult year last year. I am confident I can push on despite last year's disappointments and justify Colin, Doug and Robin's confidence in me, within this ever-so difficult Supersport class. It won't be an easy year but if we take it race by race I'm sure we'll see some strong progression and hopefully be challenging near the front by the end of the year."

Team Manager Robin Appleyard commented: "We have two new, young riders at different stages of their careers but our aim for both is to try and give them an opportunity to continue their development and careers. Danny has proved on the world stage he is a class act but is yet to be given a chance in the British paddock. He's very professional and highly focused on this year and I'm quietly confident he can put up a challenge. Harry had a difficult year last year but showed a lot of promise and learned a lot from the experience.

"Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support and in particular Colin [Appleyard] and Doug [Macadam]. Without them we wouldn't be on the grid for yet another year."

The first round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Silverstone (8-10 April) tickets are available by clicking here.

Prior to the first round there are two official UK tests; 29 March at Silverstone and 31 March at Donington Park. Admission is free, with the tests running from 9am-5pm on each day.

Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015