Ballymoney based Millsport Racing will be making a return to the roads in 2015. The team has recently been racing with Ducati in the British Supersport and Superbike classes but will be back between the hedges with a full range of Suzukis for 2015.
Joining the team on a one year deal will be Dan Kneen, who had a highly successful year on the roads this season until his unfortunate accident at the Ulster Grand Prix. Riding for John Burrows’ B E Racing team, Kneen enjoyed several victories including his first ever International win with a 0.001 second advantage over Dean Harrison in the Superstock class at the Ulster Grand Prix. In the following race both Kneen and Harrison, along with Keith Amor, got tangled up in an accident. Kneen has since been ruled out of next week’s Macau Grand Prix has his broken foot continues to recover.
Kneen and Millsport Suzuki will contest the three major International road races next season as well as a number of hand-picked national road races and the Adelaide Masters’ Superbike series. “Once I found out Millsport were going to have a direct Suzuki connection, I knew it would be the right move for me,” Kneen revealed. “I’m also looking forward to racing in the Adelaide Masters’ Series on a Millsport Suzuki, as I enjoy the circuits as much as the roads and it will give me valuable track time on the team’s new bikes.”
“I just want to go that bit faster than this season and hopefully that will be enough to get me the results I’d like on the Millsport Suzukis,” the Irish and Ulster Superbike champion concluded. Team Manager Patrick Murray was enthusiastic about the team’s new signing. “Dan is a young and very capable road racer, and he proved this season that he can mix it with the very best,” he said. “He is the Irish Superbike champion on the roads and won the Superstock class at the Ulster Grand Prix back in August, so he was the correct choice for us here at Millsport Suzuki. It’s an exciting time for us teaming up with Suzuki and we are looking forward to hopefully taking Dan to his first TT win in the next few years.”
Team Owner James Murray emphasised the team’s belief in Kneen’s ability. “Dan’s a nice lad and having spoken to a number of riders he’s the one we believed would fit in best at Millsport Suzuki,” he revealed. “Our goal is to enjoy our season and be as competitive as possible, with the main focus being the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, and Ulster Grand Prix. We will also take in a few national events, the Southern 100 and also the Macau Grand Prix at the end of the year, and I think it’s a great ide for Dan to do the Masters series at Mondello for extra track time.”
The Adelaide Masters Series takes place throughout the year, starting at Mondello Park in April.