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Southern 100 Preview – Part 2 – Supersport Races

Thrilling supersport races are in prospect at the 60th Southern 100.

William Dunlop and the CD Racing YZF R6 Yamaha will arguably start the combination to beat.

William has this season secured supersport victories at Cookstown 100, Tandragee 100 and most recently at the Kells Road Races.

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The Irish road race supersport championship leader is looking to returning to Billown as he bids to continue his dazzling form in supersport class.

600 lap record holder at the Southern 100 Dean Harrison is confident of pushing for race wins on Mar Train Racing’s YZF R6 Yamaha.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Dean didn’t have much luck at all at TT 2015 but the prodigiously talented rider has kept the self belief up.

Recently at the Barry Sheene Festival Powered by Suzuki he recorded hat trick of wins including overall success in Barry Sheene trophy races.

There’s no doubt that back to back supersport race wins could happen for the current lap record holder at the friendly races.

For the first time in 35 years Padgetts Racing are back at the Southern 100.

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The team is all set to run reigning Irish road race superbike champion Dan Kneen.

Dan has the proven talent, speed, ability to be in the mix for victories as he competes on Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 600 Honda.

Ivan Lintin is one of the most in form riders in pure road racing at this moment in time.

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The 2015 lightweight TT winner is set to be in contention for podium finishes as he competes on RC Express Racing ZX6R Kawasaki.

Third place finisher in 2015 TT privateers championship Russ Mountford is another rider highly capable of achieving podium placing’s.

Russ looks set to lead the Triumph challenge at Billown as he pilots Silicone Engineering Racing 675 Daytona Triumph.

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Reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton cannot be discounted either from fighting for top three finishes.

James is set to compete on his own teams CBR 600 Honda, it’s the same bike that propelled him to seventh place finish in 2013 solo championship race when he finished leading supersport 600 mounted rider.

2014 newcomers A Manx Grand Prix winner Billy Redmayne is hugely looking forward to the 2015 Southern 100.

Billy and the Martin Bullock Manxsport CBR 600 Honda are more than capable of causing a surprise or two, as is Ryan Kneen.

Ryan and the Manxmove Racing CBR 600 Honda have the potential to push for series of top class results.

Whilst Jamie Coward, James Neesom, Dean Osborne, Colin Stephenson, Paul Shoesmith all have the talent to secure results of the highest quality.

Further quality to the entry list is added by Davy Morgan, Tommaso Totti, Marc Coggon, Michael Moulai, Scott Campbell and Joe Newbould.

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Leading newcomers entered in supersport races include ILR/Downshift Motorsport’s Dan Hegarty.

Dan enjoyed his best TT Races to date this year recording new personal best 13th place finish in RST superbike TT.

Plus the rising road racing star lapped close to the 126.5 mph mark as he showed that he’s becoming a specialist around the mountain course.

ILR/Downshift Motorsport ZX6R Kawasaki is set to give Dan chance of more quality results as he competes for the first time at Castletown.

James Hinchliffe is excited about making his Southern 100 debut, the regular competitor at Oliver’s Mount is set to be amongst leading newcomers in supersport 600 races.

Oliver’s Mount star in the making Brad Vicars, highly accomplished Manx Grand Prix competitor Jamie Hodson, third place finisher in 2014 senior Manx Grand Prix Rob Hodson are a further three newcomers capable of enjoying stellar Billown debut’s.

With established international road racing stars, TT winners, rising stars, Manx Grand Prix winners/podium finishes, exciting newcomers, top quality racing is virtually guaranteed in supersport races.

Dean Harrison’s lap record in supersport class at the Southern 100 is 110.431 mph, with such a high quality line up there’s a possibility we could see lap speeds in excess of 111 mph.

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