GP ace Webb joins roads star Farquhar for TT bow

Ryan Farquhar with Danny Webb
Ryan Farquhar with Danny Webb

Highly regarded 125cc Grand Prix and Moto3 contender Danny Webb will make his road racing debut at the Isle of Man TT this year after signing for Northern Ireland man Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki outfit.

Webb, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, will ride a ZX-10R Superstock machine in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior races, plus the Royal London 360 Superstock event.

The 22-year-old will also compete in the Supertwin race on one of Farquhar’s Kawasaki ER6 machines, which will run in the SGS International colours in 2014.

Farquhar and Scotsman Keith Amor will line up in the Lightweight race themselves on the KMR Supertwins at the TT after coming out of retirement this year.

Webb has showcased his potential on the world stage over the past seven seasons, notching 20 top ten results in the 125cc and Moto3 classes to underpin his credentials as one of the UK’s most exciting prospects.

He has competed for the Molenaar/De Graaf, Andalucia Cajasol, Ambrogio and Mahindra Racing teams, achieving a best finish of fifth in the 125cc race at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2008 and claiming 10th position in the championship overall in 2010.

Webb said: “I’m a big TT fan. I’ve already been to the event and I have always said that I wanted to do it one day.

“It’s something that has been going through my mind more and more of late, and the opportunity came along to work with Ryan Farquhar who puts out some of the best bikes on the grid, so I simply couldn’t say no.

“It’s going to be a big change for me after years in the GP paddock, but it is something I’m really looking forward to,” he added.

“I don’t see this being a one off thing either and I know it will take me many years to really learn my way around, but for now I just can’t wait to get out there and make my debut.”

Webb hails from a racing background, with his father Jimmy enjoying a successful career as a Sidecar passenger while his brother James was formerly team-mates with John McGuinness in Clive Padgett’s team.

He began last season in the Moto3 class but midway through the campaign joined Simon Buckmaster’s PTR Honda team in the World Supersport Championship.

Cheshire’s Connor Behan will also ride for Farquhar’s team on the roads this season.