Jeremy McWilliams will race for Mar-train Racing at this year’s North West 200.
Regular rider Dan Kneen was injured on Friday in a “training accident” and required surgery on his arm yesterday. He is currently at home on the Isle of Man recovering. Practice for the North West will start on Tuesday and McWilliams has been drafted in to race for the team.
“Obviously I am disappointed for Dan that this has happened,” Team Principal Tim Martin said. “We have had a fantastic build up to the event and I was confident he would have been very competitive. Thankfully the minor surgery he had has gone very well. He is now on the road to recovery and we are hopeful he will be fit for the TT in a few weeks time. At this late stage there were not many options available to us so we are very lucky that we have been able to bring in someone of Jeremy’s pedigree. He was part of our test programme at the beginning of 2015 so has some knowledge of our bikes already, with no recent testing it will be a challenge but I am sure we can put on a good show for our fans and sponsors.”
“It is nice to be able to step in for Dan and help the team out this week,” McWilliams said of the news. “I have a great relationship with Tim and the team and have experience of working with them in the past. I’m keen to race the North West 200 with another professional outfit and during race week my time will be divided between KMR SGS and Mar-train. I am looking forward to getting on the Yamahas to see how far they have come on over the past year.”
McWilliams will continue to race for Ryan Farquhar’s KMR team in the Supertwin class.