There was a blend of positive and negative moments for the Burrows Engineering/Richardson Kelly Racing squad at TT 2023, which saw lead team rider Michael Browne showcase his proven skillset on the unparalleled Mountain Course.
A first time TT podium finisher, after an excellent run to second within the opening Carole Nash Super Twins race, the second Twins encounter looked set to yield a first TT success for the Irish ace, astride S1-R Paton tackle, before technical issues, cruelly denied a dream result.
Speaking, post a non-finish from the showpiece Milwaukee Senior race, the 2022 Irish Road Race Supersport Champion, who became during race week, the Republic of Ireland’s speediest TT exponent, stated:
“It has been a mixed few-weeks on the island, practice week was a dream, we got plenty of laps and were in a good position heading into race week.
Sadly, things never really panned out the way we thought they would, issues which me nor the team could have foreseen stalled our progress.
However, we upped our lap speed from last year by 4mph to 129.6mph (during practice week) and also got on the podium on the twin and led a TT race before having to retire.
Thanks to the team for their hard work over the two weeks.”
BE/RK Racing Team Principal, John Burrows went onto add:
“That’s our TT 23 over. After months and weeks of planning, we probably ticked the boxes we had set out to tick.
Mike became the fastest rider from Southern Ireland and had our maiden podium for both Mike and the team in the first Super Twin race.
Unfortunately, we had three mechanicals which put us out of two of the races, these are bitter pills to swallow but, it’s the TT and anything can and will happen.
Thank you to all our sponsor’s and team personnel that dug deep over this past two weeks.”
Photo credit: Nick Wheeler
Quotes courtesy of Burrows Engineering Racing
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