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TT 2016 – Dan Kneen/Mar Train Racing Non Starters

Dan Kneen has been ruled out of TT 2016, due to an arm injury sustained in a mountain bike accident, this also means that Yamaha UK’s official roads team Mar Train Racing, are non starters for this years TT Races.

Cause of this, it’s set to be the first time in the last five years, that there won’t be a factory backed Yamaha outfit, at the most famous road race in the world.

Commenting on his teams non appearance at TT 2016, a disappointed but philosophical Mar Train Racing team manager, Tim Martin, Said:

“It is difficult to accept at the minute, I am gutted for Dan on a personal level as I think he would have had a great TT and possibly scored his first podium.

As a team we have been working towards this year’s TT since we did the deal with Yamaha UK eighteen months ago so to have to sit the event out is quite simply a disaster.

For Yamaha UK this should have been the showcase for how far we have come and how competitive the YZF-R1M now is so to not be represented at the most famous race in the world is a major blow.

I fully respect the decision of Dr Evans though, the TT is one of the most gruelling motorcycle events there is with enormous physical demands on the riders over a two week period.

To go into the event injured would be irresponsible and potentially very dangerous so it is the correct decision no matter how disappointing.

All we can do now is try to bounce back at our remaining events beginning with the Southern 100 in July.

I would like to wish the TT organisers every success with this year’s event and I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable two weeks.”


Photo by Rod Neill

For Dan Kneen, attention now turns to getting back to full fitness for the Southern 100, as he misses his first TT Races meeting of the 2010’s.

Dan said, on his recent unfortunate news around TT 2016:

“I have tried everything possible to get myself fit again for the TT but unfortunately time is just not on our side.

I had kept positive right up until today that I would make it but the reality is it is just too soon. I can only apologise to the team, YMUK and all my personal sponsors, to miss out on the TT is especially hard to take as a Manx man as I am sure everyone can appreciate.

Everything was going perfectly up until the injury, the bikes were superb and I really had a chance of a result but it just wasn’t meant to be.

My focus now is on completing my recovery and bouncing back at the Southern 100 to try and repay the team for the work they have put in.

I would just like to thank my physio Ruth Cooil and all the staff at the hyperbaric chamber on the Isle of Man for doing everything they could to try and get me back on the bikes they have been superb.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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