Jamie Hamilton will be riding for John Burrows’ team B.E Racing in 2015, it has been announced.
Following the announcement that Manxman Dan Kneen would be moving to Millsport Suzuki, Burrows has signed up Hamilton to lead the team’s 2015 road racing season. Hamilton has impressed in his short road racing career to date – winning best newcomer at the 2012 Isle of Man TT – topping the Supersport 600 and Supertwin classes in 2013. He rode for Wilson Craig’s team this season and enjoyed success at Kells and Bush road races before an accident at the Skerries brought his road racing season to a premature end. He returned to action at the Macau GP but was forced into a commentary role for the race after an incident in practice. He slipped on fluids from Peter Hickman’s bike and the damage to his bike was irreparable but thankfully he was uninjured.
“I’m very happy that I have secured a ride with one of the most professional teams in the sport of road racing,” Hamilton said of the deal. “I was very impressed with what John [Burrows] and his team achieved in 2014 and I hope my efforts will bring more success for the team in the coming season. The bikes will definitely be ultra competitive and I’m confident that I’m capable of taking them to top results. Roll on Cookstown!”
Burrows himself is equally as enthusiastic about the deal. “I’m delighted to have found a rider of Jamie Hamilton’s calibre to lead Burrows Engineering Racing’s national and international road campaigns in 2015,” he revealed. “He’s the ideal man for the job and it’s a bonus that he’s a local man too. He’s a proven race and title winner and although 2014 didn’t work out particularly well for him he showed what he is capable of on a number of occasions, especially at Bush where he scored four wins and denied my team two Superbike wins.” Hamilton’s two Superbike wins at the Bush Road Races were his first on the ‘big bikes’. “Burrows Engineering Racing was at the forefront of road racing in 2014 and with Jamie onboard some very competitive machinery I’m confident we can again be a top privateer team and give the factory boys something to worry about in 2o15,” he continued. “It’s great to have all the team’s 2015 plans sorted this far ahead of next year, everyone can get focused and have a happy Christmas.”
Hamilton will be riding Superbike, Supersport and Supertwins machinery next year at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100, and Macau Grand Prix. This is alongside a full Irish Championship.