Oxford TAG Triumph have announced a five rider team for the 2013 season as they prepare to contest the Pirelli National Superstock 600 series, in addition to challenging for the British Supersport Championship.
Richard Cooper, the 2011 National Superstock 1000 champion, along with Woodville resident brothers Shaun and Gary Winfield, all remain with the team they rode for in 2012, while Scott Smart and John Simpson are the new faces in the South Derbyshire-based squad.
Former British 250cc champion Smart returns to the Supersport class in which he was the British Championship runner-up in 2002 after a 10-year absence.
That time has been spent primarily in the ultra-competitive British Superbike Championship, in which the 37-year-old recorded four race victories.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Simpson brings a wealth of experience of racing the 675cc Triumph to the team, having spent most of his racing career on the British three-cylinder machine.
His record includes capturing the 2011 Supersport Cup title and winning the Senior Manx Grand Prix in 2012.
Mixing youth with experience, Smart and Simpson will join 19-year-old Shaun Winfield and, 10 years his senior, Cooper riding the new Triumph Daytona 675 in the Supersport class.
Gary Winfield, 16, will be the Oxford Products-supported equipe’s sole entry in the National Superstock 600 category.
“We are delighted to settle our rider line-up,” said team owner Rob Winfield.
“The new bikes have just arrived at our workshops and we are working hard to develop them ahead of our pre-season testing programme.
“Bringing in a rider of Scott’s calibre is a real coup for the team.
“Not only is he a top rider, it is also well known that he is a very gifted engineer with a great ability to develop a bike.
“That’s going to give us a real advantage as we develop the new Daytona 675 into a title-challenging race bike.
“John’s got a great record on Triumphs, having started out in the T3 Challenge before winning the Supersport Cup and experiencing a short spell in European Superstock, all on Daytona 675s.
“Richard joined us last year and did a great job, finishing on the podium four times in the last three rounds and ending up sixth in the final standings.
“We know that he is a quality rider and we are aiming even higher in 2013.
“Finally Shaun and Gary will continue their progress with us. Both are still young and will have a chance to develop over the year.”