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FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix: Preview – Part 2 – Supersport Races

It’s anyone’s guess as to who will be tasting the winners champagne, in the Supersport races, at the 2019 FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.

Arguably the toughest races to call at Dundrod next week, rapid rising stars, International roads giants, leading next generation talent are all capable of securing race wins.

One of the favourites for middleweight class honours, has to be three times Ulster GP winner, Lee Johnston.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Monster Energy Supersport race 1 winner at TT 2019, it’s been a very productive season thus far for Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston, who alongside joining the TT winners circle, has also secured Supersport success at the North West 200 and the recent Barry Sheene Classic at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.

Runner up in last year’s second UGP Supersport encounter, ‘General Lee’ is quietly confident widening his International Road Race victories tally next month, which presently stands at eight.

Padgetts Racing, running this year under the Milenco by Padgetts banner have another strong line up for 600cc action at Dundrod, with Manx star Conor Cummins joined by IRRC Superbike series leader Davey Todd.

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In particular lots of focus will be on North West 200 Supersport race 2 winner Todd, who’s widely tipped to join Padgetts team mate, Dundrod specialist Cummins in the future as a multiple times International Road Race winner.

Kawasaki’s class challenge is likely to be led by many peoples favourite for Supersport honours next week, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison.

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Showing strong form on the Silicone ZX-6R Kawasaki at both the North West 200 and TT 2019, Bradford’s Harrison has established himself in recent years as an absolute master of 600 machinery.

Extremely capable of dominating as in the 1000cc classes at Dundrod, it’s a term also applicable to anticipated feature Superbike race front runner Peter Hickman.

Smiths Racing’s Hickman, who will be reunited with his trusty factory supported TROOPER Triumph, has proven in recent years at Dundrod with three victories, that he’s never to be underestimated on 600 machinery.

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Others capable like Hickman of scoring Supersport rostrum finishes, victories this month include fitness permitting Michael Dunlop, Mullingar’s Derek McGee, PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward and Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Paul Jordan.

Added ones to watch include Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson, Honda Racing’s David Johnson, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn, Skerries Michael Sweeney, Christian Elkin, Derek Sheils and DTR (Danny Tomlinson Racing) supported Sam West.

Further depth to the entry is provided 2016 Senior Manx GP winner Tom Weeden, Spada backed Mike Norbury and high profile newcomers such as Kamil Holan, seasoned Mountain Course exponent Richard Charlton and twice IRRC Supersport champion Laurent Hoffmann.

Close fought, tight, tenths of a second, are just some of the phrases you will hear from this years Ulster GP Supersport races.

Excitement by the dozen is increasing in the build up, to what’s set to be sizzling 600 action around Dundrod.

Words by Stevie Rial

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