2012 Irish road race 125 championship winner Sam Wilson, is aiming to return next year to the North West 200 and the TT Races.
His 2016 roads campaign has seen him part of the hugely popular Joey’s Bar Racing team.
He has gone onto secure third and second place finishes, in the 125/Moto 3 encounters at the Cookstown 100 and Armoy Road Races.
Whilst the 125/Moto 3 race at the Tandragee 100, would mark Sam’s sole victory, during the 2016 roads season, he regards this is as his main highlight of the year, he stated:
“Tandragee 125 race stands out most, I hadn’t been on a bike since the following year and won the race, I feel it was the easiest win I’ve had but also most enjoyable.”
Summing his 2016 roads season in one sentence, Sam said: “Quiet and fun year.”
Photo by Rod Neill
Established amongst pure road racing’s leading 125, Moto 3 and 250 competitors, the highly rated rider is also a high calibre exponent of Supersport machinery.
This was firmly illustrated in the second Supersport race at TT 2014, when he finished an impressive 15th, on his own teams ZX6R Kawasaki.
When asked what has been thus far the main highlight of his roads career to date, Sam stated it was this top 15 finish, at the TT Races, he said:
“In my opinion 15th at the TT on a stock 600 that I had only done one race on at the North West, one which I finished 15th in as well and when I say stock it only had an exhaust on it nothing else.”
Aiming to return to the Mountain Course in the near future, Sam has in recent years not been able to participate at the most famous road race in the world.
Targeting a return next year, Sam stated that he would not have missed TT 2015 and TT 2016, had he had the opportunity to compete, in his own words “Who doesn’t want to race the TT.”
Looking towards next season, he remains part of the Joey’s Bar Racing team, piloting a Moto 3 Honda, plus he is currently on the lookout for competitive 600/1000 machinery, for the premier international meetings.
Commenting on his expectations for 2017, Sam said:
“For next season I’ve got a Moto 3 from Joey’s Bar MCC but I would love a good 600 or 1000 to do the big races again.
I believe if I had good bikes, top 10 finishes at the international races would be a good goal to aim for and I think I could do it.”
Words by Stevie Rial