Posted: 15 Jul 2014
Brough Superior will make a one off Grand Prix motorcycle racing appearance the 2014 British Grand Prix, entering the Moto2 class with Brit, Luke Mossey aboard the marque’s British-designed Carbon 2 machine.
The project is headed by California-based Brits Paul Taylor and John Keogh, who are running the team on behalf of the soon-to-be re-launched Brough Superior brand. The bike, which has won national level races in the United States, features a unique carbon fibremonocoque design and has received input from famed Formula One engineers John McQuilliam, Adrian Newey and Steve Nichols. Like all bikes on the Moto2 grid, the Brough Superior will be powered by the standard specification 600cc four-cylinder Honda engine.
Mossey, a front runner in the British Supersport championships, has already tested the bike in America, before giving the Carbon 2 a first run out on British soil at Silverstone yesterday. The team is planning to undergo one further test, before making its world championship debut at the Northamptonshire circuit on the weekend of 29-31 August.
Bike insurance specialists, Bennetts will sponsor the team, to be called Bennetts Brough Superior.
“I can’t wait to race the Bennetts BroughSuperior Carbon 2” said Mossey. “I’ve ridden it in California and really like the bike- it reminds me of riding my 250GP bikes. I’ve done well at Silverstone, it’s one of my favourite tracks,so think we can be competitive even though have had less track time than our competitors. Roll on August!”
Mark Upham, CEO of Brough Superior added: “We are proud to be partnering with Bennetts, a long-established company that George Brough would have known, to show why Brough Superior is an iconic British name! The Carbon 2 is everything George Brough would want in a motorcycle and I’m sure he and TE Lawrence wil be watching from on high and cheering Luke on as his namesake rolls out in front of the British MotoGP fans.”
Dubbed the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’ Brough Superiors were rare and expensive machines during their 20 year production run from 1920. Famous for their association with Lawrence of Arabia, Broughsacheived numerous race wins and speed records in the 1920s and 1930s. The brand was bought by British engineer Mark Upham in 2013 and the company has plans to sell its new SS100 model early next year, the first new motorcycles to go on sale wearing the famous name in 75 years.