2022 Irish Road Race Supersport Champion Michael Browne, excelled on his Triangle course debut, finishing the FonaCAB & Nicholl Oils North West 200, fastest newcomer.
Faster than 23 times TT winner John McGuinness MBE in Superbike qualifying, the BE (Burrows Engineering)/RK (Richardson Kelly) Racing rider went onto secure top ten finishes in the second Supersport, opening Superbike races.
Browne’s best lap time of 4 minutes 29.320 seconds (119.902 mph), places him only behind Richard Cooper in the all-time swiftest NW200 newcomers list.
Whilst misfortune sprung up during the feature Superbike encounter, following an incident at Juniper, from which he emerged unscathed, nothing could take diminish the Irishman’s impressive NW200 debut.
Reflecting upon the past week’s competition, astride ex TAS Racing BMWs, he stated:
“Well, our Northwest debut may have ended badly but was good up until that.
I’m sometimes hard on myself with regards to results and I forget all these guys have years of experience around here but I’m a racer and that’s my mentality.
I can’t wait to get to TT now, the team, the bikes and my riding are all on top form which fills me with confidence.”
BE/RK Racing Team Owner John Burrows, added:
“It’s been a challenging but also rewarding week at the North Coast.
We had a problem with our Superstock bike on Thursday night, which prevented us from nicking a good result and also Mike’s crash in the last race on Saturday but as a whole Mike really impressed me this week.
He took to the course like a duck to water and to be finishing 9th in Superbike races which are full of pedigree is very impressive, also to be the second fastest newcomer is some accolade when you look at the talent that’s came here in recent years.
Two top 10’s and that lap-time sets us up perfectly for the TT in two weeks’ time.”
Quotes courtesy of Burrows Engineering Racing
Photo credit: Allister Dickson – Startline Photography
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou