Multi Irish Road Race Superbike Champion’s BE (Burrows Engineering)/RK (Richardson Kelly) Racing 2022 roads challenge will be led solely by Cookstown Open A race winner, Cork’s Michael Browne.
Whilst roads events have been few and far between over recent times, dairy farmer Browne has made the most of pure road racing meets that have taken place during 2020 and 2021, scoring various impressive results including aforementioned success at Cookstown.
For 2022, his third season with John Burrows squad, sees him down to pilot YZF R6 Yamaha, GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, Moto 3 250 Honda machinery at all Irish national events.
He’s also due to return to Manx shores for the TT Races, tackle the hopefully returning Ulster Grand Prix plus make his North West 200 debut.
Speaking about the season ahead, the former Post TT Supersport race winner stated:
“It’s great to have signed again with the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Team for 2022. John and the lads put so much work put into the bikes this year to get them to suit me.
We got them right towards the end of the year, got some decent results and now we can go into next year with a bit of a head-start. The nervousness of riding a big bike has definitely gone and now the aim is to just try and get even faster on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 next year.
That’s what I want to concentrate on in 2022 and I feel happy and well settled in the team, so everything is looking good and at the moment it seems as though we’ll be in for a busy season.”
The fastest Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough newcomer during May’s Bob Smith Spring Cup, added:
“John is keen to really put a big effort into me next year and he has put a lot of work into the bikes – any little thing I’ve suggested or asked for with the bikes he has gone above and beyond this year, so the bikes will be among the best on the grid.
It’s a brilliant team to be involved with and Charlotte is a great backer to have behind us. With a bit of luck we’ll have a lot of bike racing to do next year, which will be great after two years with very little action because of Covid.
The Irish nationals are obviously a big focus for us as a team but the main event in 2022 will be the Isle of Man TT, because I won’t be expecting too much at the North West 200 or the Ulster Grand Prix, where I’ll be going as a newcomer.
I’m just praying and hoping for a good, dry two weeks at the TT and my main aim will be to try and do a good job for the team over there.”
BE Racing Team Principal John Burrows, provided additional comment:
“Next year the plan is to concentrate solely on Mike Browne at the Irish national road races plus the three major events: the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, if it returns. As a roads team, national road racing is very close to my heart and that’s where I want to be in 2022 with Mike.
We’re focused on making sure Mike has the best opportunity possible going to each and every race: he’s happy within the team and we are happy with him, so it’s a productive environment and we’re all looking forward to next year.
Mike has been with us now for two seasons, albeit we haven’t had the opportunity to do much racing during that time.
However, we have managed to undertake a significant amount of track time in terms of testing and competing at several short circuit events at Mondello Park and Kirkistown, plus the three Irish road races that have taken place since the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020; and a run to the Scarborough Spring Cup this year.”
“Another plus for Mike is that he has had time to gel with the team over these past two seasons and we have got a solid base setting going into 2022, so he is in a comfortable position ahead of next year.
I felt he really raised his game and he was rewarded with a good win on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 this year at the Cookstown 100, which was very impressive considering that Mike had never rode a big bike before prior to joining the team in 2020.
We’re going into 2022 with strong foundation for Mike and I fully believe in his ability to do a good job.
I don’t have any expectations or goals set out for him, but I do believe he will achieve good things for us at the national and major road races.”
Quotes courtesy of Baylon McCaughey
Photo courtesy of Baylon McCaughey
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou