A FAMILY of motorbike enthusiasts from the Wee County will be the guests of honour at this year’s Scottish Motorcycle Show.

Team Tasker will appear as guests of sponsors, Motorcycle Law Scotland (MLS), to talk about having fun and staying safe on a bike.

Dad, Peter, daughter Sammi, son Andrew and team manager mum, Ann, have been involved in moto-cross and motorbike racing for nearly 20 years and are now a familiar sight on race circuits both here and mainland Europe, with both children becoming championship riders.

What started out as a hobby for Andrew and Sammi at the age of six, then extended to the whole family, with Dad, Peter, moving up from team mechanic to racing just last year.

He completed his training under the tutorship of Andrew and Sammi, who are both experienced SACU trainers and, at the beginning of the season, all three were racing on the same track together.

The Taskers have known and worked with Brenda Mitchell of MLS for nearly 12 years. The connection was first established when Brenda lined up with an 11-year-old Sammi at Knockhill for a “ladies only” track night.

Sammi gave Brenda some advice. MLS has been a main sponsor for the family for the past 7 years.

Brenda is the founder of the specialist legal service, Motorcycle Law Scotland. She said: “We are delighted to welcome all the Taskers to our stand once again. Their enthusiasm for the sport is infectious but when a family is involved, as they are, you also know that they know how to stay safe.

“Anyone coming to the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show will benefit from chatting to them – about their racing, about their bikes and about their riding technique.”

The Taskers had an excellent 2017 season that saw them take in three of the best tracks in Europe, Aragon, Portmao and Jerez, as well as racing in Scotland.

Sammi raced her Suzuki GSXR Stock 600 in the “open” class at the East Fortune opener, qualifying a very respectable 16th out of 38+ Superbikes. She was the only 600cc bike on the grid.

Andrew also managed some outstanding times at East Fortune lapping in a 58.3 sec which was under the, then existing, lap record.

He entered the Open and the Thunderbikes at the NEMCRC last round at East Fortune in October, winning two out of the four Thunderbike races lapping in an extremely impressive 1.02, and retained his North East Open Championship despite only competing in two out of the three rounds.

This year, Sammi and Andrew will be competing in all the North-East Championship rounds starting at Croft on 7th & 8th April.

Three riders in five classes: Sammi on her GSXR 600 in the Open, Andrew on his Kawasaki ZX10 in the Open and an Aprilla RSV Mille in the Thunderbikes and finally Peter in both the Open & Thunderbikes