The thrills and spills of top-flight motorcycle racing are back on the calendar for a Telford logistics specialist as it announces its 2012 sponsorship of a leading British Superbike team.
International freight forwarder, Global Freight, is backing championship challenger, MSS Bathams Kawasaki, as Shropshire racing legend, Michael Rutter, from Bridgnorth, joins the line-up as one of its two senior racers.
This will be the second season in which Global Freight has sponsored the team, as it fights for wins and podium finishes in a competition considered to be the most competitive national series in the world. And the season is off to a flying start with a podium finish, as Michael Rutter took a hard-fought third position in the first race of the season, at Brands Hatch.
MSS Bathams Kawasaki team boss, Nick Morgan, said: “For Global Freight to continue their support for 2012 season in British Superbikes is fantastic news, not just to our team but our other team partners as well. We have used Global Freight for all of our major freight transactions over the 2011 season and have received excellent levels of support and service, which ultimately benefits the whole of our team efforts, from trackside to the huge pressure behind the scenes at our Team HQ in Colchester, Essex.”
Global Freight managing director, Nicole Howarth, said: “We had a great first year as supporters of MSS Kawasaki last year, making new connections and being part of the huge effort that goes into keeping a top-flight racing team on the track.
“Last year they had brand new model of the Kawasaki ZX-10R bike. With a full season of development and even more winter testing completed everyone has high hopes for the team to be fighting at the front. We will be proud to see Global Freight’s name on the fairing and hope to be at as many races as we can to cheer them on.”
As well as flying around the UK’s circuits on the bikes, at speeds reaching up to 200mph, the Global Freight branding will be seen across the team’s race trucks, website and press releases, pit garage hoardings and the hospitality unit.
Riding alongside Michael Rutter in the senior team this year is Peter Hickman, who is stepping up from an impressive 2011 performance in the privateer class. Michael Rutter, nicknamed ‘The Blade’, is one of the most experienced riders in the BSB field, noted as the master of wet conditions and the record-breaking seven times winner of the prestigious Macau GP road race, including as current champion of that event.
Based on Halesfield, Telford, Global Freight is expert in import, export and cross trade delivery and contracting by air, sea or road, as well as packaging, and can provide extensive guidance and advice to firms of all sizes on the shipping of goods worldwide.