A young Killarney motorcycle racer has been getting tips from some of the best riders in the world ahead of the start of the 2020 Irish season.
Kevin Coyne is preparing for the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship which is due to underway in Mondello Park in County Kildare in two weeks’ time
Last week he took part in a three-day test at El Circuito de Velocidad de Cartagena in Spain.
It was his first time riding the new Kawasaki he will use in Ireland and selected rounds of the British Superbike Championship this year.
Professional motorcycle racers like Ryan Farquhar and Michael Dunlop were there too as part of a bigger test and they spotted the young Killarney rider and were able of offer help and advice.
Kevin’s aim was to complete a lap of the famous Spanish track in under two minutes.
On the opening day of the test, he set a best time of 2mins .07secs in windy conditions.
In the early part of the day-two, he was still unable to break the two-minute barrier, despite an improvement in the weathers until Farquhar, a multiple Irish Road Racing champion and former factory BMW and Kawasaki rider offered to help and the times came tumbling down.
“With the help of Ryan Farquhar and his knowledge of Kawasaki he set the bike for Kevin and by the end of the day he was going around in 1.58min consistently,” his father Mark said.
“Kevin started to feel really confident and felt he could get down to 1.56 min.”
On the third day, Kevin was lapping consistently in 1min 55secs but the best was yet to come.
With just half a day left on the test, road racing royalty Michael Dunlop spotted the Killarney youngster and came over for a chat. The advice worked as Kevin managed a week-long best of 1m 54 secs after speaking to the Isle of Man TT legend who was in Spain for his first run on the PBM Ducati he will race this year.
This article was originally published in the Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the official motorsport content provider to the Killarney Advertiser