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Sean Connolly Announces Retirement From Pure Road Racing

Continuing to recover from injuries sustained in an accident in last years Junior Manx Grand Prix, Kilkenny based Sean Connolly has recently made the decision to call time on his pure road racing career.

A competitor on the fabled Mountain Course for three years, in his maiden Manx GP campaign of 2015 he finished a fine third within the Newcomers B race.

One year on, his second Manx tenure yielded a brace of top 20 finishes, plus lapping in excess of the 117 mph mark.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Alongside his Manx endeavours, the talented Irish racer also in 2016 enjoyed sustained positive moments in the Senior Support class at various Irish national meetings.

A podium finisher at Tandragee, Walderstown and Faugheen, he went onto finish third within the 2016 Irish road race Senior Support championship.

Sidelined from competition so far this season following the aforementioned injuries from last August, Sean who candidly admits that he still can’t walk around unaided, has made the call that it’s time to conclude racing on the roads.

It’s never an easy decision for any racer, to move away from competitive action, it’s a decision that requires lots of thinking, weighing up whether it’s the right decision, for Sean Connolly it’s been no different.

Extremely personable, determined, ambitious, quick, in his short time tackling the roads he’s gained a roads CV filled with prodigious feats.

He can look back on his achievements with pride, including of course being one of a select group of riders to have secured a podium finish at the Manx Grand Prix.

Words by Stevie Rial