Sean Emmett - 2005 Rider Profile
Leading the team for the 2005 season is hard-charging
Sean Emmett from Byfleet in Surrey. Sean, who since
starting racing on a Yamaha 350 Powervalve in 1989,
has competed in the 500 Grand Prix World Championship
for four years and the British Superbike Championship
since 1997 and, is one of the most experienced and
gifted riders in the country.
Sean's motorcycle career started on the streets
of London where he worked as a motorcycle courier.
After taking part in a race school at Brands Hatch
where he lapped everyone, he decided he would try
his luck at racing and managed to get enough money
together to buy his own bike and start competing.
He won his first race and first championship; the
KRC Championship along with the Avon Tyres Trophy
for the most talented rider, following in the footsteps
of previous winners such as Geoff Duke, John Surtees,
Mike Hailwood and Barry Sheene.
After racing in Supersport 400 and 600, the dream
job came along. Sean was offered a ride on the Yamaha-engineered
Harris 500GP bike, running experimental unleaded
fuel and untried tyres. Despite riding an uncompetitive
bike and with no testing between races Sean managed
to finish ninth in his fourth ever Grand Prix. Eventually
his hard work was rewarded with a guest ride on
the Lucky Strike Suzuki for the injured Kevin Schwantz,
"I had a test on the Suzuki at Jerez the day after
the race and was two-and-a-half seconds quicker
than my fastest lap on the Harris. From that time
on I realised I could run with anyone."
Sean's British Superbike career has been full of
highs and low's - in his first season in 1997, an
accident at the World Superbike round at Donington
Park almost cost him his left arm. "I had an eight
hour operation to save my arm; it had 17 screws,
two plates and a big chain in it. I was told I shouldn't
race again, otherwise I could lose the arm. 14 weeks
later I won first time out at Oulton in the wet,
I just cant explain how amazing that felt" Since
that fateful day, Sean has won 12 British Superbike
races and stood on the podium countless times, and
has not finished outside the Championship's top
five since 2000.
Sean, is no new comer to the team; he raced for
Virgin Mobile during the final rounds of 2002 when
the IFC Ducati team folded leaving him without a
ride and, is looking forward to the coming season:
"It's excellent to be back racing with Virgin Mobile
and working with Rob and the team again. After testing
the R1, I definitely feel that it is a race-winning
bike and I'm looking forward to getting out there
and doing exactly that. The team have real passion
for the job, the R1 should suit my riding style
and I'm keen to make a point!"
Virgin Mobile Samsung team boss Rob McElnea, said:
"We are really pleased to have signed Sean. He is
a proven race winner who works hard to get the best
out of a bike. I'm confident that with Sean we will
be able to take the Yamaha R1 to the next level
in terms of development and results.
Born: 4 February 1970
Lives: Byfleet, Surrey
Height: 5' 11"
First Job: Motorcycle Courier
First Road-race: Brands Hatch 1989 - which he
Favourite track: Brands Hatch - GP circuit
Favourite race: Oulton Park 1999 - beating Troy
Bayliss by 1000th second
Ambition: To win the British Superbike Championship