News 11 Dec 2013

McCoy forming TM Racing team for 2014 season

Experienced campaigner becomes team manager and rider.

Source: TM Racing Australia.

Source: TM Racing Australia.

Daniel McCoy has joined forces with TM Racing Australia for the 2014 Australian motocross and supercross seasons.

McCoy, 29, will become team manager and rider in the new-look outfit, campaigning a TM MX250 for the MX Nationals in MX2. He’ll later decide a direction for ASX.

“I have spent some more time aboard a few of the TM bikes since the end of the supercross season and I have no doubt that they are more than capable of running up front in Australia as we have seen with Nick Sutherland this year,” McCoy commented.

“I have chosen to race the TM MX250 two-stroke for the MX Nationals in the MX2 class for next year. There is no doubt that the TM 250 two-stroke is a great bike and combined with the fact that I have always felt at home on a two-stroke I think it will be a perfect fit for 2014.

“It will also be great to go out an mix it up with the younger guys now that I am considered one of the older guys in the sport. As for supercross we will make a decision regarding the bike and class as we get closer to the SX season.”

McCoy spent the 2013 season aboard a mixture of machinery, beginning with a CDR Yamaha satellite role before replacing retired Kiwi Ben Townley at Carlton Dry Honda for the first half of the MX Nationals.

After splitting with Honda mid-season, McCoy tested for both TM and Craig Anderson Racing, before securing a supercross-only deal with Motorex KTM. Now, he’ll take on a management role aside his racing career with a longer-term plan.

“With the limited number of rides available in the sport at the moment and after spending some time testing and even racing a TM earlier this year, it made sense to head down this path alongside TM Racing,” McCoy added.

“While I feel that I still have a few good years left racing myself, I also have to look towards the future and this opportunity to partner with TM Racing Australia is the start of something that I am confident will turn into a long-term venture.

“I will be working with Andrew Franklin from TM Australia who is helping me put together what is essentially my team for 2014.

“While my focus will be mainly on racing and developing the bikes next year, there is a long term plan in place that will see the team grow over the coming years and hopefully secure myself a future within the industry after my racing career.”

The team, which has already landed support from Unit and Bel-Ray, is currently working on securing additional backing and a second rider for the 2014 season.