Round two of the Dunlop Masters Irish National Motorcycle Racing Championship takes place this weekend and, as always, a large number of Kerry riders are expected to enter the three-race program.
mmet O’Grady is the only Kerry rider to compete in the upper division, but he has the advantage of two Ulster Superbike championship events under his belt since the Masters opening weekend last month.
The Honda Fireblade rider finished three times in the top seven at Bishopscourt, County Derry last Sunday and while he won’t be too happy with the final results he is grateful for the extra siege time going into this weekend. end.
“We were on the wrong track in Kirkistown, but we came back in the right direction this weekend,” said O’Grady. “I’m going to have to turn the screw and ride hard this weekend.”
He is just one of many runners from Kerry to visit County Kildare this weekend.
His brother Evan, Dean O’Grady of Ballyduff and Frank Doherty of Killarney are expected to lead the Superbike Cup championship.
“There will be a long train on the way Friday morning,” added O’Grady
Tralee rider Robert O’Connell is in a race against time to get his Yamaha R6 ready in time for this weekend’s triple title. The Supersport Cup rider entered the second round of the Ulster Superbike Championship last weekend, but his engine exploded in the third round of his qualifying session, making the long trip north a trip to no avail.
Darragh Crean will continue his quest for Championship honors in the Production Twins class. He picked up a win and two second places last month, leaving him in second place in the series standings.
He will benefit from additional track time as he has competed in both rounds of the Ulster Series since his last visit to Mondello Park last month.
In his most recent outing, last weekend at Bishopscourt, he took two fourth places and a third place in his three races.
“I just wanted some time on the bike,” he said. “But I’m going to Mondello this weekend to win, I’m not going for a walk.
Tom McElligott will make his racing debut in the Production Twins class. He missed the first few heats after a test accident forced a delay in the preparation of his Suzuki.
One production Twin Racer that will be missing from the grid is Samantha Martin. As revealed in The Kerryman last week, she is turning to the paramedic position and sold her racing bike to fund her college education.
Other expected local riders include Andrew Murphy, Dylan McElligott, Anthony O’Carroll and Jack O’Grady.