Spirit Motorcycles confirm 2021 British GP2 lineup & acquisition of Talon Engineering

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Mason Law (left) and Jamie Perrin (right) with the Spirit SP2. Image: Craig Williams

Spirit Moto Corsa’s 2021 lineup for the British GP2 Cup has been confirmed, with Jamie Perrin joining the outfit alongside reigning champion Mason Law.

Perrin has impressed in British Supersport over the last few years, challenging at the sharp end of the field despite entering on a privately-run bike. 

The 27-year-old has previous experience in the GP2 class, picking up nine podiums across the first six events of the 2019 season.

Law is continuing with the team for a second season, having picked up the 2020 title in fine fashion with a double-victory at the Brands Hatch season finale.

The 25-year-old picked up four wins and seven podiums in a hotly-contested campaign, eventually winning the championship by 22 points.

Following on from last year’s success, the team’s target is for both riders to compete for the GP2 title, as well as fighting at the top of the overall classification with British Supersport.

The team is bolstered by a continued title sponsorship deal with the Gillingham-based motorcycle dealership Moto Corsa. There is also increased backing from Chedington Estate, whose branding features heavily on the team’s striking new-look livery.

Perrin said: “I’m looking forward to being back in the GP2 class for 2021 after a successful stint in the class in 2019. To be joining the team that’s come straight off the back of winning the championship is great. 

“Obviously the aim for the season is to win the GP2 championship, but I imagine everyone has the same idea. I also want to be in a position to run competitively in the overall standings.”

Law said: “I’m really pleased to announce the news that I will be re-joining the team for the 2021 British GP2 season. Last season we were very much developing and racing the bike at each and every round, so to win the championship over a much shorter distance, for me, was a great achievement.

“There’s still plenty of work and improvement that can come from the package for this season. Obviously, the next couple of months are very important in terms of development, then hopefully we can kick-on and use the recently announced official tests as the platform for a strong and successful defence of the championship.”

Acquisition of Talon Engineering

Ahead of the new season, Spirit Motorcycles have also acquired Talon Engineering.

The Yeovil-based company currently specialises in manufacturing motorcycle parts including wheels, brakes and sprockets.

Spirit plan to expand the business and diversify its product range to include road racing parts, marrying that with its already world-renowned catalogue of off-road racing parts.

Talon’s products are trusted by competitors at the highest level of Motocross and Speedway, as well as the infamously grueling Dakar Rally. In its near 50-year history, more than 100 world champions have benefited from the use of Talon’s components.

Talon exports to 35 different countries around the globe, including the United States, Japan and Australia.

Rod McDonagh, CEO, said: “We are delighted to have combined the Spirit and Talon brands. We shall continue Talon’s existing strategy of delivering world class products whilst growing our customer base worldwide. 

“We will merge the expert knowledge of Spirit and Talon’s experienced engineers to introduce new, race quality products to the market which we know will drive growth for both businesses.”

Steve Bones, Head of Design and Engineering, said: “I’m really excited about the future possibilities with Talon, this offers great scope to expand on the fantastic product range Talon already offers, it also gives us the manufacturing base to produce a wide range of future Talon and Spirit products.”

As a result of the acquisition, Talon Engineering are now on the look-out for skilled workers to join their team as they enter a new, exciting era.