Multiple British champion Roger Marshall will join the McAMS Yamaha team for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike season in the role of rider coach and ambassador for Yamaha’s bLU cRU programme in the Junior Supersport class.
Marshall dominated the British motorcycle racing scene in the seventies and eighties, winning a total of 11 British Championships. He also finished second to Joey Dunlop in the 1984 F1 World Championship as well making multiple appearances in Grand Prix Racing while also finishing on the podium at the prestigious Isle of Man TT.
Upon retiring, Marshall wanted to give something back to the sport and turned to mentoring and helping riders in various championships, working with names such as Wayne Gardner, Robin Appleyard and Roger Burnett. In the nineties, he also entered a team management role, first with Medd Racing and then heading up the Reve Red Bull Racing team.
Since then, he has worked with various riders at British championship level as mentor and spotter, including working closely with Josh Brookes in his 2015 championship-winning season. Most recently Marshall has mentored the likes of Joe Francis and Tom Neave.
In 2010, Marshall was appointed Riders’ Representative on the British Superbike Race Direction panel, providing his expertise within race control and in particular providing a riders’ viewpoint in judicial matters – a role he carried out for eleven seasons.
Moving away from race direction to join McAMS Yamaha full time for the 2021 season, Marshall will dedicate his time to supporting and mentoring riders competing in the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge within the Junior Supersport series.
The role will include running various race craft workshops, leading a track walk each meeting, spotting and being on hand throughout race weekends to offer support and advice to riders on the programme, helping Yamaha as they look to develop the champions of the future. He will also provide support and spot for the McAMS Yamaha British Superbike riders, Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie.
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