BE Racing/RK Racing’s Michael Browne reminded everyone last weekend at Skerries, of his distinct real roads craft, as the Cork racer took four top 2 finishes, two race wins.
Following Saturday’s qualifying sessions, Sunday’s racing itinerary commenced with the seven lap Open Championship race.
Despite a poor start, top ten TT finisher Browne, gradually getting back to optimum race fitness, after widely previously mentioned ankle injuries from an incident at Cookstown, tenaciously moved his way up the order and by the race’s conclusion was only two seconds behind local favourite Michael Sweeney.
It was roles reversal in the Supersport 600 encounter as former Post TT races winner Browne emerged on top from a battle royal alongside the reigning Duke Road Race Rankings Champion.
Browne would go onto dominate the 125/Moto 3 race, taking the victory honours by plus 30 seconds.
Feature race wise, the re-started Country Crest Grand Final him having to give best to multiple Manx GP winner Sweeney, finishing nigh-on four seconds in arrears.
Reflecting on an overall excellent return to national roads competition, Browne whos’ next roads outing, sees him Walderstown bound this weekend, stated:
“Overall, I am happy with how this weekend has gone for me, the three weeks since the TT gave my ankles a bit more time to heal and they defiantly felt a lot better on the bikes.
Obviously the two big races didn’t go my way but I have to be happy with two 2nd places. I was delighted to edge Micko in that close Supersport race, I passed him on lap 2 and maintained the lead to the flag.
The competition is obviously not the strongest in the Moto 3 class at the moment but it was nice to tick off another win on the little bike and with it a lap record to boot. We will roll on now to Walderstown next weekend and give it another bash.”
BE (Burrows Engineering)/RK (Richardson Kelly) Racing Team Owner John Burrows, added:
“It’s been a great weekend for us at the Skerries, I knew after Mike’s TT performance that we would come here with a strong chance in all classes.
The 600 victory was great to get after a hard race with Micko, the superbike races obviously didn’t go our way but two second places are nothing to be ashamed of, and a win on the Moto 3 too which is always nice.
It was great to be back at the nationals again with Mike and he done a great job for us once again.”
Quotes courtesy of Baylon McCaughey
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou