Factory Paton SC-Project Reparto Corse Team is pleased to announce the start of its collaboration with multiple TT winner Michael Dunlop.
The Northern Irish rider will compete alongside Italian Stefano Bonetti on the Factory S1-R Lightweight Paton at 2018 Isle of Man TT.
Onboard the factory S1-R Paton, Michael Rutter won the Lightweight TT Race last year, with his team mate Bonetti topping the timesheet during practice but forced to retire from the race while he was in third position.
Thanks to its competitiveness, Paton attracted a lot of riders and privateer Teams, but Michael Dunlop has been the final quite obvious choice. Twenty-nine years old from Ballymoney, Michael is the first rider in the whole history of the Isle of Man TT to have achieved a lap of the Course in less than 17 minutes, 15 times TT winner, extremely competitive in every class, from the Supersport to the Superstock and the Lightweight.
Speaking about the deal, SC-Project Team owners Stefano Lavazza and Marco De Rossi said:
“We are extremely happy that a champion like Michael is joining our Paton SC-Project Reparto Corse Team. Our collaboration with him started last year just with the supply of an SC-Project exhaust for his MD Racing Yamaha R6 he won the Supersport TT with. Michael was satisfied with the product and he wanted to carry on our collaboration this year as well, with the supply of SC-Project exhausts for the S1000RR BMW and the CBR600RR Honda he will ride respectively in the Superstock and Supersport races. His skills are well known to everyone and we are well aware that a rider like Michael has the victory as his solely focus. It is an honour for us and for Paton to have one of the fastest TT rider ever riding for our Team. We are ready for the challenge of confirming Paton as the bike to beat on the Isle of Man”.
Paton S1-R Lightweight Project Managers Roberto Pattoni and Andrea Realini added:
“To have Michael Dunlop onboard the purely Italian Paton is an honour. Some top riders got in touch with us and this shows how good we have worked in these past few years and that we can make the difference, thanks also to the acquisition by SC-Project. The Bonetti and Dunlop duo will be a key element to improve our S1-R and to confirm Paton as the fastest Lightweight at the Isle of Man TT. We are sure that even Pep (founder of the Paton factory and Roberto’s father, ndr) would have appreciated such a hot-blooded and passionate rider like Michael Dunlop. We can’t wait to start!”.