IT is all change for Ian Mackman but many things will stay the same.
The successful but hitherto independent motorcycle racer has signed up for a team ride with PRF Racing.
However, the 2009 itinerary is largely unaltered from last year when Mackman won five TT bronze replicas, the ACU Clubman’s Championship and Anglesey Grand.
The 29-year-old, who works as service manager at Bill Smith Motors in Chester, said: “I thought long and hard about the options. Having bought, maintained and raced my own bikes for so long, I knew it would take some getting used to just being the rider.
“I’ll still have to pay my way in the team – tyres, fuel and entry fees are all my responsibility.
“In the long run, the quality of preparation and high specification of the bikes – coupled with the knowledge within the team in having run in the top 10 at the TT – decided it for me.”
He added: “I will be riding in as many events as possible during March, April and May to get myself and the bikes prepared for the TT in early June.
“I have entered the first two rounds of the Wirral 100 clubs championships (Anglesey and Oulton Park), two rounds of the British Superstock Championship (Brands Hatch and Oulton). I’ve also entered the inaugural Motosix at Donington Park.
“This is a televised six nation challenge. I am still awaiting confirmation but hope to be accepted to race for England against Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.
“I’ll then move onto the North West 200,which is quickly followed my third Isle of Man TT – my main focus.
“Finances permitting, I’ll make my debut at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough – the only true closed-road races in England and will also defend my Anglesey Grand title.”