BSB - Padgett's BSB place under threat

Clive Padgett has said his British Superbike team's place on the grid is under threat due to a lack of sponsorship.

BSB - Padgett's BSB place under threat

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Historic squad Padgett's Racing returned to the grid in 2012 and even managed to secure a race win through Ian Lowry at Thruxton.

He said that things are in place for 2013 - but more funding is needed if they are to race.

“The bikes are ready, the infrastructure is ready and we are ready,” he told the official British Superbike website.

“Racing motorcycles is what we live for, but we have to be cautious as the bike retail business can't fully underwrite a race team. Our record speaks for itself, we are proven winners and we want someone to share that success."

BSB director Stuart Higgs is doing all he can to preserve their place.

"A grid without the Padgett's rainbow livery is a bit like a Formula 1 entry without a team like Williams," said Higgs.

"Their pedigree and Clive's passion is unrivalled. Last year working with Clive sourcing riders I was amazed at the level of detail that he drills into - it made a job interview with Alan Sugar on The Apprentice seem like a stroll in the park. 

“We are pursuing leads for them as it's a project we really believe in. Their sporting success over so many years makes it such a good partnership proposition and we are working hard to help them secure their place on the grid."

Team WFR, MSS Performance and Supersonic Racing have all withdrawn from the series for 2013, but there are still expected to be 32 riders on the final grid with Halsall Racing debuting and returning from the World Supersport Championship.

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