As anticipation builds for the first Armoy Road Races since 2019, Bob Smith Spring Cup runner-up Davey Todd, North West 200, Dundrod 150 podium finisher Joe Thompson have heaped praise upon the ‘Race of Legends’.
Respectively speaking via the AMRRC (Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club) Facebook page, they stated:
Wilson Craig Racing’s Todd:
“I raced in the Armoy Road Races in 2017 which was at the very start of my road racing career. I got a second in the Supersport race and a third on the podium in the Superbike races, both on a 600 and I believe that’s what really helped me in the beginning.
I’m really excited to be back in Armoy and see the course again. As well as this being one of my very first road races this is one of my favourite races and it’s great to be back.
It’s a meeting that is very well organised and with a fun and really good circuit it makes for a good two days’ racing. It’s great to be back.”
BSB 2021 entrant Thompson, who will make his 1000cc road racing debut at Armoy, piloting the NP Motorcycles BMW said:
“Armoy was my first national road race in my first year of road racing in 2017. I was only 18 years old. I really enjoyed it although the weather was horrendous and at that stage I wasn’t too confident in the wet.
The circuit is great though and the organisers are very good but what I loved was the support of the fans and the atmosphere is unreal, particularly as you come through the village.
Since then I’ve raced in various different championships as well as taking a year out of racing altogether and I’m looking forward to restarting my Irish road racing career at Armoy. I’ve matured a lot so I’ll hopefully string together some good results.”
Popular Clerk of the Course for Armoy, Bill Kennedy MBE added:
“Both these riders are a great addition to the line up for Armoy. They are both no strangers to the course as they last raced at Armoy much earlier in their road racing careers.
We are very glad to have them back and it’s as clear as day that they are really looking forward to the road racing in just over six weeks.”
Additional positive news for Armoy organisers alongside the positivity ushered by the aforementioned Todd, Thompson is that valuable funding has been available to the event via the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Recovery Fund.
Reminder the 2021 Bayview Hotel Armoy Road Races take place from the 30th-31st July. I and I’m sure thousands of pure road racing community members worldwide hope the meeting is a major success and all goes to plan with a great, appreciative crowd in attendance.
Photo credit: Rod Neill
Quotes via AMRRC Facebook page
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou