Road Racing News

Skerries 100 – Preview

After a lengthy break, following the North West 200, Irish roads action returns this weekend, at Skerries.

Reigning Irish road race Superbike champion Derek Sheils, will be looking to put behind him, an extremely challenging TT 2017, which saw him endure a spate of bad luck, resulting in no finishes for the Cookstown BE Racing rider.

Winner of the feature race at Skerries, back in 2015, he is looking forward to returning to one of Southern Ireland’s most popular and prestigious meeting’s.

Photo by Rod Neill

Starting for many favourite, for Open and Grand Final victories, the GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounted competitor, will prove extremely hard to beat.

Amongst those confident of challenging him, for big bike honours, include Derek McGee.

Set to pilot his own teams Kawasaki, he’s proven time and time again his ability to challenge for premier Irish roads titles.

Expect him as well to start as one of the favourites for Supersport success, a notion you can also apply to Site Sealants B&W Racing’s Paul Jordan.

Having made an accomplished Mountain Course debut at TT 2017, the Magherafelt based rider goes into the third Irish national meeting of 2017, with an confidence boost, having ticked off one of his main aims for this season.

Additionally, one to watch within the Super Twins class, Paul is more than capable of recording multiple top three finishes, same applies to two times Junior Manx GP winner, Michael Sweeney.

Extremely happy with the performance of the Martin Jones Racing BMW, Micko recently enjoyed a successful fourth TT campaign, which saw him lap close to the 127 mph mark.

Photo by Baylon McCaughey

A specialist on various classes of machinery, he’s a definite one to watch; keep an eye as well on rising stars Darryl Tweed and Crossan Motorcycles backed Joe Loughlin, who dominated the Senior Support classes at Tandragee and Cookstown.

Added notable entrants include Andy Farrell, Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan, Gary Dunlop, Sam Johnson and Sarah Boyes.

Photo by Rod Neill

Newcomers to keep an eye on include Cornwall’s Forest Dunn and Manx GP front runner Darren Cooper.

It’s not known at present as to whether event lap record holder Michael Dunlop, will be competing this weekend, with Skerries clashing with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which this year is graced by a celebration of the Dunlop’s unique racing history.

Photo by Rod Neill

One things for sure though, top class real roads competition, is a guarantee on Saturday at Skerries, which fingers crossed will have bright sunny weather embarking upon it!

Words by Stevie Rial

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