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North West 200 – Jeremy McWilliams Drafted Into Mar Train Racing Fold

Two time North West 200 winner Jeremy McWilliams has been drafted into the Mar Train Racing team, for competition around the Triangle next week, with Dan Kneen been ruled due to arm injury sustained in training.

It will be the first time at the Giant Causeway based meeting, that Jeremy McWilliams has competed in the superbike, supersport and superstock, as he pilots Mar Train Racing’s YZF R6 and YZF R1M Yamaha’s.


Photo by Mar Train Racing

Commenting on the last minute deal with the official Yamaha UK roads outfit, Jeremy said:

“It is nice to be able to step in for Dan and help the team out this week, I have a great relationship with Tim and the team and have experience of working with them in the past.

I’m keen to race the North West 200 with another professional outfit and during race week my time will be divided between KMR SGS and Mar-train.

I am looking forward to getting on the Yamaha’s to see how far they have come on over the past year.”

North West 200, Event Director, Mervyn White MBE added:

“We are disappointed that Dan Kneen won’t be with us this year, Dan has been a regular competitor at the North West and we would like to wish him well with his recovery from this injury and for the rest of the season.

Although the fans will be very sad to hear of Dan’s misfortune, they will now have the opportunity to see Jeremy McWilliams on the Mar-Train Yamaha’s.

Jeremy’s appearances on Ryan Farquhar’s KMR/SGS Kawasaki’s has given him a huge following at the North West and he has the experience and knowledge to do a great job for Tim Martin’s team.”

Tim Martin, Mar Train Racing team manager, said on his own teams, sudden rider line up change:

“Obviously I am disappointed for Dan that this has happened, we have had a fantastic build up to the event and I was confident he would have been very competitive.

Thankfully the minor surgery he had has gone very well, he is now on the road to recovery and we are hopeful he will be fit for the TT in a few weeks time.

At this late stage there were not many options available to us so we are very lucky that we have been able to bring in someone of Jeremy’s pedigree.

He was part of our test programme at the beginning of 2015 so has some knowledge of our bikes already, with no recent testing it will be a challenge but I am sure we can put on a good show for our fans and sponsors.”

Dan Kneen, was philosophical on having to miss the Vauxhall International North West 200.

“I’m gutted for the whole team after all the work that has been put in, I’m on my bike every day and wasn’t doing anything different than usual, it was plain bad luck.

Surgery has gone well so all I can do is concentrate on getting fit and back on the bikes as soon as possible.

I wish Jeremy all the best for this week, it is great that he has been able to step in for Tim, Sonya and all the sponsors.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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