Jack Valentine joins the ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki team from this weekend's Knockhill race until the end of the 2007 season. The move has been made to free-up Team Owner Nick Morgan from the direct running of the race team in the pitlane on race weekends. Nick will still oversee every part of the ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki team, but the general running of the garage will benefit from Jack's immense experience.
Jack's credentials are top-notch. From a career beginning in drag racing, where he claimed ten national and three European motorcycle drag racing championship titles, Jack and business partner Steve Mellor formed V&M Racing in 1982. After years in the drag race scene, V&M dominated Supersport 600 racing in the UK for a number of years, winning many Supersport titles with Honda and Yamaha machinery. V&M also had many TT wins to their credit, including a number with Yamaha and the legendary David Jefferies. Most recently the 54-year-old from Oldham and his own Valmoto team formed the TT-winning Supersport squad with Triumph and in 2005-2006 Jack was team manager for the Foggy Petronas team in the World Superbike championship.
Nick Morgan, Team Owner
"I'm sure he wont mind me saying this, but Jack is one of the stalwarts of the paddock. He's well-known and respected and he's really done it all. He's been a competitor himself and worked his way up as a team manager through his work with V&M in the past and with the very professional and well-presented Foggy Petronas team. His experience is simply huge and it's this that we will be benefiting from. During a race weekend it has been difficult to do the team owner thing and meet and greet sponsors as well as keeping tabs on the situation in the pitlane. Jack's job will be to get the best from the team in the garage, enabling me to oversee things. Welcome to the team Jack!"
Stuart Simmonds, Joint Team Owner
"Everyone knows Jack's credentials - they go back a long way and are second-to-none! We're hoping that this will free-up Nick from the pitlane on race weekends, so he can devote his attentions to the running of the team."
Jack Valentine, Race Team Manager
"I've been out of the game since end of last year and had a couple of offers, but working with Nick, Stuart and the ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki team - which is a very professional outfit - is too good to miss. I've known Nick for many years, I've worked with Michael and also known Stuart for a while, so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in. The team are serious about racing and getting results, but always have smiles on their faces, which is great."
Visit: www.mssdiscoveryracing.com for more on the team.