2013 Irish road race superbike champion Derek Sheils is aiming for stand out results at international road races in 2016.
Established amongst pure road racing’s fastest rising stars, Derek has this year enjoyed many a result of the highest quality.
Which includes open, grand final victories at Skerries, open victory at Walderstown and open, grand final success at Faugheen 50 Road Races.
World’s fastest road race the Ulster Grand Prix, saw Derek in top class form around Dundrod. Ninth place finish in feature superbike race on BikeBitsNI Racing ZX10R Kawasaki was sealed, following a first class display.
Further stellar moments included lapping close to 130 mph and seventh place finish in second superbike race, as Derek finished in front of 2014 lightweight TT winner Dean Harrison, and multiple Ulster GP winner William Dunlop.
Commenting on his 2015 pure road racing season, Derek said:
“I was pretty happy with the way the 2015 season worked out, apart from not winning the championship due to rounds missed.”
Photo by Rod Neill
In a year filled with multiple great moments, Derek’s main highlight of the year was.
“My highlight of the year was winning the grand final at skerries as that is something I wanted to do as a boy sitting on the bank many years ago.”
TT 2016 is set to mark Derek’s fourth time competing on the mountain course, commenting on TT 2016 Derek said:
“Yes I hope to be back at the TT in 2016 albeit a bit better prepared and funded if possible.”
Main aims for the runner up in 2014 Irish road race superbike championship, are to try and make in roads at international’s, North West 200, TT Races, Ulster Grand Prix.
“2016 aims would be to try and make in roads at international level, but unfortunately budget is always a hurdle for me especially when you are trying to race against teams with what seems like an infinite budget, but that is the main aim.”
A highly accomplished pure road racer Derek Sheils, has the talent, pace, drive and determination to secure results of the highest quality next year around the triangle, Dundrod and the mountain course.