After his deal with Millsport Suzuki fell through last month, talented rider Dan Kneen was faced with the prospect of not having a ride for the 2015 road racing season.
As the Isle of Man TT held its press launch on the island last night it was announced that Kneen would be joining Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald at Padgetts Racing. “I’ve gone from having nothing to securing a ride with one of the best teams in the paddock in a short space of time,” Kneen said of the news. “I can’t thank Clive [Padgett] enough for giving me this opportunity and I am really excited about getting the chance to work with him and his crew. It’s one of those teams that you always look at when you are coming through the ranks, hoping that one day you might get the chance to ride for them, and my chance has come and I intend to take it with both hands.”
Kneen appeared on stage with new team-mate Anstey at the TT launch last night. The duo will be joined at the TT by Aussie rider Donald in the Supersport class. “We are delighted to be working with Dan Kneen in 2015. He is a rider we have long admired and who we feel has shown great potential, often without the chance to really show what he is capable of,” Team Owner Clive Padgett said. “We see this as the start of what will hopefully turn into a long relationship and we want to be part of Dan realising his potential over the next few years.”
Kneen convincingly won the Irish Road Race Superbike Championship last year and he also took his first International road race victory when he narrowly beat Dean Harrison – by 0.001s! – in the Superstock race at the Ulster Grand Prix. He placed in the top five in both the Irish Road Race Supersport and Supertwin championships as well. “Last year I had a brilliant year,” he said at last night’s launch. “I was riding well and now I’ve got this equipment and the back-up and everything – it’s just going to be easier for me.”
Kneen will also race for Padgetts at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.