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Dan Kneen Up To Another Level In 2014

Dan Kneen has moved up a level in 2014. The 2008 junior Manx Grand Prix winner for this years road racing season joined John Burrows Cookstown Burrows Engineering racing team and the combination immediately got off to a dream start at the Cookstown 100.

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Grand final victory following a scintillating performance provided Dan with his first major win since the 2008 lightweight Manx Grand Prix. Open and grand final race victories followed at the Tandragee 100, after a consistent North West 200 attentions turned to the Isle of Man TT.

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A series of highly creditable results would see the Cookstown Burrows Engineering racing rider produce some of his best form to date on the mountain course which included seventh place finish in superstock TT and eighth position achieved in senior TT.


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Plus Dan lapped in the 129.3 mph bracket which proved that at TT 2014 he had enjoyed one of his best TT’s during his career competing at the worlds most famous road race.

Dan’s lead in the 2014 Irish road race superbike championship grew at the Kells road races where despite been a debutant to Kells just like at Tandragee the talented road racer produced two sterling all round performances in clinching open and grand final race victories.

Skerries road races would see another grand final win secured after a great battle with Jamie Hamilton, Southern 100 was next on the cards and the fifth place finisher in last years opening 600/1000 race was confident of securing top results at the friendly races.

Senior race would see second position recorded as Dan produced a great all round display on Cookstown Burrows Engineering GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, plus Dan had claimed a notable in scalp in beating 11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop to second position.

Back to back third place finishes where acquired in supersport races whilst the blue riband Southern 100 solo championship saw third place finish secured having battled his way back up to third position having made a slight mistake on lap 2 which dropped him back down the pack.


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In all the 2014 Southern 100 was an undoubted success for Dan as went into the up coming Walderstown road races with growing confidence. Once again as seen at Cookstown, Tandragee, Kells and Skerries Dan chalked up grand final win number five of the season at Walderstown as he powered his way to victory.

Hat trick of wins at the Faugheen 50 road races kept the growing momentum going for the rider who at Faugheen had secured 2014 Irish road race superbike championship victory.


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The worlds fastest road race the Ulster Grand Prix would have its ups and downs for Dan. The main highlight was his first international road race win in a thrilling superstock race.


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Dan edged out Dean Harrison by 0.001 of a second in one of the closest finishes seen in history at the Ulster Grand Prix. Unfortunately in the opening supersport race the rider having his best season of road racing to date was involved in a three rider incident, from the incident Dan suffered a broken foot which consequently ruled him out of action for the rest of the season.

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Despite the disappointment of not been able to compete at classic TT races, Killalane road races, Scarborough gold cup and Macau Grand Prix its still been a tremendous year of road racing for Dan who has without moved up a level this year.


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He’s now 100 percent considered amongst the best road racers in the world, his goal of securing his first TT win can’t be far away in the future whilst for 2015 Dan is still not 100 percent sure as to who he will be competing for although he is linked to remaining with the Cookstown Burrows Engineering racing team.

Keith Amor Has Great Return To Competitive Action In 2014

Keith Amor has had a great return to competition in 2014. Keith who retired from road racing from 2012 announced in December of 2013 that he was returning to competing at the Isle of Man TT with Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team in the lightweight TT.

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The flying Scotsman’s road racing season began at the Tandragee 100 where he proved he had lost none of his speed and talent by securing second place finish in supersport race narrowly losing out on victory to William Dunlop by under 0.3 of a second.

At the Vauxhall international North West 200 Keith produced a tenacious performance as he battled his way through to fifth position in opening supersport race on Site Sealants B&W racing CBR 600 Honda.

Super twins race saw Keith in contention for race victory throughout as along the way he set a new super twins lap record before bad luck struck the KMR Kawasaki super twin, still this race proved with the lightweight TT coming up soon that the pace was there to be in contention for his first victory on the mountain course.


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So onto TT 2014 and following a productive practice week Keith’s first race on the mountain course in three years beckoned in opening supersport TT race. Tenth place finish was achieved following a solid performance on Site Sealants B&W racing CBR 600 Honda.


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Second supersport race would see top six finish secured after a highly accomplished display from the 2011 supersport TT race 1 second place finisher.


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Lightweight TT was next up and expectations where high that Keith could fight for a standout result on KMR Kawasaki super twin. At the end of a closely fought race Keith finished in fourth position setting quickest lap speed of the race as he finished only four seconds off a podium finish.

Supersport race 1 at the Armoy road races provided the Dundrod 150 superbike race winner from 2010 with third place finish following a highly accomplished performance.

Second supersport race saw another third place finish recorded whilst open race would see Keith leading supersport 600 mounted rider finishing in fifth position. Super twins race would prove to be a highly momentous one for the popular rider who achieved his first win around Armoy after a great performance on KMR Kawasaki super twin.


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The Dundrod 150 super twins race saw multiple riders in contention for podium finishes and Keith nailed third position finishing marginally behind KMR Kawasaki team mate Connor Behan.

Unfortunately in opening Ulster Grand Prix supersport race Keith was involved in a three rider incident. Because of this Keith was ruled out of action from the classic TT races and the Scarborough gold cup where he was set to make his Oliver’s Mount debut.


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But in all its been a top return to road racing action for Keith Amor who despite been out of the sport for two years has proved that he still has the speed, talent and ability to fight for international road race victories.

International Road Races Wins Tally Continues To Grow For Michael Dunlop In 2014

In 2014 Michael Dunlop has proved again why he is considered by many to be the best road racer in the world. Michael’s 2014 road racing season began at the Cookstown 100 where he had his first outing on his own teams superstock S1000RR BMW.

Opening race of the weekend invitational supersport race saw 4th place finish secured after a thoroughly determined performance given that Michael was suffering from an arm injury. Reliability issues meant non finishes in open and grand final races but still it was clear that the potential of his own teams S1000RR BMW was big going into the international road races.

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Supersport feature race provided “Maverick” with his first win of the season after winning a pulsating race having battled throughout with brother William, Derek Sheils and Derek Mcgee.

Michael then made it two wins in a day following super twin race success on Gortreagh printing backed ER6 Kawasaki. This result proved to many who do not consider the road racing star as a super twins specialist that he is more than capable of securing international road race victories in this class in the future.

The Vauxhall international North West 200 was up next for the rider who everyone was keeping an eye on to see how quickly he could gel with the BMW Hawk racing superbike.

Third place finish in opening superstock race on Thursday night was a good way to start his race action around the triangle for 2014 following a hard charging performance where he extracted the maximum out of his own teams S1000RR BMW.

Onto day two of racing on Saturday and opening superbike race which was in many peoples eyes their highlight of the 2014 road racing season. Michael had battled way through to second position with two laps remaining with his brother William Dunlop holding race as the race entered its final stages.

By the final lap the BMW Hawk racing superbike and Tyco Suzuki by TAS superbike where separated by nothing. In the closing stages on final lap William Dunlop made a decisive move on Michael moving back into race lead and from here held onto take a famous victory.

Although he missed out on race victory Michael’s second place finish was his second podium finish of the 2014 Vauxhall international North West 200 and it appeared only a matter of time before he added to his haul of two North West 200 victories.

Second place finish in super twins race followed after another determined and highly accomplished performance. Second superstock race would provide Michael with a hard earned race win, his third victory around the triangle.

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Feature superbike race beckoned and the question was could Michael secure his first major international road race superbike win with BMW? The answer was an emphatic yes after a tremendous ride on BMW Hawk racing superbike.

It wasn’t an easy win at all for him though as Josh Brookes lead throughout before with two laps remaining Michael hit the front and from here established a comfortable gap to his nearest pursuers as he clinched for the first North West 200 feature superbike race victory.

After his North West 200 exploits next road race on the horizon for Michael was the biggest of them all the Isle of Man TT. After chipping away during practice week the pace of the BMW Hawk racing superbike was unleashed during Friday night’s practice session with lap speed of 131.501 mph unofficially Michael’s quickest lap speed around the mountain course.

Dainese superbike TT race began with Micky D opening up a 9.4 second lead at the end of the opening lap which saw him set a new outright lap record with lap speed of 131.730 mph. Then he broke the lap record again on lap 2! this time lapping at 131.890 mph.


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From here he kept up a twenty seconds or more gap on Guy Martin in second position to clinch his 8th TT victory. Michael was delighted with the victory as was the BMW Hawk racing team, supersport race 1 saw third position secured after a gritty display on his own teams CBR 600 Honda.

Next up was the superstock race and the rider who made his debut on the most famous road racing circuit in the world back in 2006 at the Manx Grand Prix secured his ninth TT win after another highly accomplished performance this time on his own teams Michael Dunlop racing S1000RR BMW.


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Onto supersport race 2 where Michael was aiming to keep up his record of claiming supersport TT wins every year since 2012. The record continued with race victory by ten seconds after a commanding display as he made it three wins in a week plus ten TT wins in all.


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Only one race remained for the now ten times TT winner at TT 2014 which was the blue riband race the senior TT. Despite a slow start by his standards on opening lap Michael powered his way to the front by the end of lap 1 holding a 0.8 second lead over Guy Martin.


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From here he always maintained a comfortable enough gap out front to clinch his first senior TT win plus BMW’s first blue riband victory on the mountain course in 75 years. Plus the victory meant Michael’s tally of TT wins is now 11 the same as road racing legends Steve Hislop and Philip Mccallen.

After his dazzling performances at this years Isle of Man TT attentions turned for Michael to the Southern 100. Opening 600/1000 race provided him with highly creditable third place finish as he almost secured second position on BMW Hawk racing superbike.


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Senior race saw another third position acquired again narrowly missing out on second place. Supersport races didn’t at all go to plan for Michael as reliability issues stopped his challenge for more victories around Billown. In the Southern 100 solo championship which he has won two times he held third position by the end of lap two and was maintaining top three placing until issues struck the BMW forcing him out of contention.

At the Armoy road races top five finish in opening supersport invitational race was a solid start to start the popular meeting for Michael who was bidding for his fourth race of legends victory in a row.


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The open race run in tricky conditions all round saw second position recorded as Michael was reeling in Guy Martin towards the end of the race proving that the potential was there to claim the race of legends win.

In the race of legends Michael, Guy Martin, William Dunlop and Dan Kneen where all close together after opening laps but then the 11 times TT winner made a break and from here maintained his lead out front to secure his fourth race of legends win around Armoy.

Next road race coming up for him was the Ulster Grand Prix but first action of the week around Dundrod was in the Dundrod 150 where the superbike race would see third position secured lapping at over 133.1 mph as he gave it everything vying for another win around the fastest road racing circuit in the world.

Unfortunately for Michael the Ulster Grand Prix didn’t go brilliantly as best result of the day for him was fourth position in feature superbike race where he was reeling in the leaders before dropping back in closing laps.

For the second year in succession Michael won the grand final race at the Killalane road races after another determined and masterful performance on his own teams S1000RR BMW despite starting from 14th on the grid. After Killalane the hugely popular rider’s next road race outing was at the Frohburg road races where he would be teaming up with the Penz BMW team.

Having qualified third on the grid Michael was optimistic of pushing Didier Grams and Johan Fredriks for race victory in opening IRRC superbike race. Third position was achieved as he pushed the two riders vying for superbike international road racing championship victory all the way.

The second open race saw yet another what can only be described as a genius at work’s performance as he secured his first win around Frohburg plus a new lap record lapping under 1 minute 34.4 seconds. This result was an excellent way to round off what has been once again a memorable year of road racing for Michael Dunlop.


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Looking to 2015 he looks set to stay with BMW as he will be bidding to acquire more TT victories, at present he is arguably the one everyone has to beat going into next years Isle of Man TT, how many wins can Michael record in the future on the mountain course, its an open ended question, no one really knows but one things for sure he is the current master of the most famous road racing circuit in the world.

More International Road Race Victories During A Highly Productive Year Of Road Racing For Guy Martin

Guy Martin has secured more international road race victories during what has been a highly productive year of road racing for him.

The season began for the hugely popular rider at the Ian Watson spring cup road races at Oliver’s Mount. Eight times Scarborough gold cup winner Guy recorded three wins in a day which included feature spring cup race victory for the second year in succession.

Vauxhall international North West 200 was next on the horizon and opening supersport race saw the Tyco Suzuki by TAS rider produce one of his best ever performances around the triangle pushing Alastair Seeley all the way for race win as he achieved second place finish.

Eighth place finish in superstock race followed as Guy ended day one of racing at this years North West 200 in consistent style. Although best finish on day two of racing at the opening international road race of the season was only fifth position in feature superbike race it was still overall a good meeting for Guy as TT 2014 beckoned.

In recent years going into the worlds greatest road race the main questions always asked pre TT about the rider known for his go big or go home is can he will his first TT. Following a good practice week for him the answer to this question would soon be known as race week loomed on the horizon.

Dainese superbike race proved to be an absolute classic race with the lap record going three times. Throughout Guy was battling for second position with Conor Cummins, by the end of the six lap race he had recorded his first TT podium finish in two years finishing in second place.


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Supersport races would see sixth and tenth place finishes as reliability issues stopped Guy from securing top five finish in superstock race his only non finish of race week. The blue riband of every TT for many the senior TT saw the rider who made his debut on the most famous road racing circuit in the world back in 2004 secure third position.


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It was a good way to round off a much improved Isle of Man TT for Guy and Tyco Suzuki by TAS compared to their results in 2013. Following TT 2014 next road race coming up for the road racing star was the Southern 100.

Always a fan of the Southern 100 Guy secured second place finishes in 600/1000 and the two supersport races following solid, consistent, dependable and excellent all round performances.


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Southern 100 solo championship saw him record his third solo championship win around Billown after winning a brilliant battle with 2014 lightweight TT winner Dean Harrison. Armoy road races where next on the horizon and Guy enjoyed a double race win with supersport and open race successes.

Plus second place finishes in supersport invitational race and grand final races meant he had his best Armoy road races to date having made his debut at the increasingly popular road race back in 2009.


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Having previously won the Dundrod 150 superbike race back in 2007 Guy won this years race following a race long duel with Isle of Man TT lap record holder Bruce Anstey. The Ulster Grand Prix is always regarded as one of the road race circuits which the star of tv programme Speed loves competing at.

Third place finish in supersport race following a consistent performance and second position secured in feature superbike race meant overall it had been a good two days racing for Guy around Dundrod.

Overall with two international road race victories, two podium finishes at TT 2014, double race win at Armoy road races and more success around Oliver’s Mount its been a top season of racing in all for Guy. Of course the question remains of when a first TT victory will arrive but there’s no doubt that the immensely popular rider is regarded by many as one of the leading road racers in the world.

Dan Kneen All Set For Faugheen 50 Road Races


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Dan Kneen is all set to make his Faugheen 50 road races debut as he bids to clinch Irish road race superbike championship. Cookstown Burrows engineering racing rider Dan is having a superb all round season of road racing which has included wins at Cookstown 100, Tandragee 100, Kells road races, Skerries road races, Walderstown road races.

Plus podium finishes at Southern 100 and Armoy road races where recently the rider who won three races in a week at 2008 Manx Grand Prix acquired third place finish in race of legends.

Following Faugheen 50 road races Dan’s attention then turns to the Ulster Grand Prix will he be aiming for his first international road race podium finish. Currently 4th in Duke road race rankings championship there’s no doubt that there’s every opportunity to be challenging near the sharp end in all classes.


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Dan is also confirmed to compete at Classic TT races where he will be bidding for more top results on the mountain course. Before 2014 road racing started Dan Kneen was regarded as a rising star in road racing, now the rider who lapped at 129.3 mph at TT 2014 is known now as one of the leading road racers in the world.

Armoy Road Races – Super Twin Race Victory For Keith Amor And KMR Kawasaki


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Keith Amor clinched victory in super twins race at Armoy road races following a great race which saw the top three finishers covered by just 2.2 seconds.

KMR Kawasaki team mate Connor Behan finished in a highly creditable sixth position to clinch Irish road race super twin championship following a highly successful season of racing so far.

Armoy road races newcomer Danny Webb enjoyed a consistent and solid race throughout to secure a top ten finish. Super twin race at Ulster Grand Prix is sure to be hugely competitive with multiple riders capable of winning at the hugely popular road race, Keith Amor and Connor Behan debutant to Dundrod will both be aiming to be mixing it at the front.

William Dunlop Aiming For Ulster Grand Prix Feature Superbike Race Win


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William Dunlop is aiming for feature superbike race win at this years Ulster Grand Prix. Tyco Suzuki by TAS rider William recently secured a succession of great results at Armoy road races.

Opening supersport race provided the reigning Ulster Grand Prix supersport 2 winner with his seventh win at Armoy following a closely fought race with Tyco Suzuki by TAS team mate Guy Martin.

Second place in following supersport race was achieved after another excellent all round performance. Open race would prove to be a productive one for William with third position recorded.

Race of legends in opening laps was hotly contested with William battling for race lead with Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin and Dan Kneen. In the end the hugely talented rider acquired fourth place finish to round off 2014 Armoy road races in consistent fashion.

Michael Dunlop Gives BMW First Victory At Armoy Road Races


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Michael Dunlop gave BMW their first victory at Armoy road races following race of legends win for the fourth year in succession. Competing on his own teams S1000RR BMW Michael surged his way to the front and went onto acquire victory by over 3 seconds.

The Ulster Grand Prix is looming on the horizon and the 11 time TT winner will be aiming to secure feature superbike race victory for the first time at Dundrod. BMW Hawk racing superbike has the potential to dominate at the hugely popular road race where Michael has being a six time winner.

Guy Martin Secures Double Win During 2014 Armoy Road Races


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Guy Martin secured a double race win at Armoy road races on Saturday. Guy competing on Tyco Suzuki by TAS’s immaculately turned out bikes secured supersport race two victory following a fine performance throughout.

Open race saw the rider who enjoys competing at Armoy acquire a hard fought race win with Michael Dunlop finishing only 0.8 of a second behind Guy.

Although missing out on race of legends victory finishing in second place it was still in all a productive and highly successful day of racing for the man who has tasted victory this year at Ian Watson spring cup road races, Pikes Peak and Southern 100.

Successful Armoy Road Races Debut For James Cowton


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James Cowton enjoyed a successful Armoy road races debut. Opening supersport race and following a brilliant performance throughout James brought home his own teams CBR 600 Honda in sixth position.

250 race would provide the rising road racing star with his first podium finish at Armoy. Third place finish on Pete Berwick’s TZ250 Yamaha was acquired following a great ride.

Super twins race beckoned and having qualified on pole position James on Ken Dobson’s ER6 Kawasaki looked set to be in the mix at the front. This was to be the case as the rider currently second in Duke road race rankings championship went onto record his second podium finish of the day with another third place finish.

Overall James impressed greatly on his debut at Armoy proving why he is regarded as a future TT winner. Coming up soon will be the Ulster Grand Prix where the third place finisher in 2014 lightweight TT will be looking for more excellent results across all classes.

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