Motorcycle racer sets sights on prestigious British championship this year
Killarney motorcycle racer Kevin Coyne has fast-tracked his plans to race in Britain as it becomes increasing unlikely that the sport will resume in Ireland this year.
Last month, the Killarney Advertiser revealed that local motorcycle racers hoped to get back on track in July but that plan has hit a setback after officials from Mondello Park – the country’s only permanent race track – said that they would concentrate on resuming car racing at the venue at expense of motorcycle racing.
“Mondello Park has taken the difficult decision to cancel all of the dates originally set for the 2020 Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship. Hopes remain that some Motorcycle races can be run at the track before the end of 2020 but any events that do run will not be on their original dates,” said Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship co-ordinator Fergus Brennan.
Coyne, 18, initially planned on contesting the full Irish series before heading to England for the later rounds of the British SuperBike series but following Mondello Park’s decision he will go there as soon as UK racing gets the green light.
The BSB was due to release a revised calendar this week and once the dates are firmed up Coyne will race in the first Junior Supersport race that becomes available.
“It is a toe in the water exercise,” his father Kevin told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am watching the British Superbike website like a hawk this week and once we get dates we are ready to go. We only have a budget for the first two rounds so it is a case of wait and see what happens. We will be very happy with a top 20 result.
The British Superbike Championship had not made a calendar announcement by the time the Killarney Advertiser went to press.
“A new provisional Bennetts BSB calendar has been drafted, taking into account the roadmap of the Government’s phased reopening of activities. This has been undertaken in consultation with the teams, broadcasters and circuits in order to provide the best conditions for a credible, competitive and sustainable BSB Championship in 2020 and beyond,” said a championship statement.
This article was originally published in the Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to the Killarney Advertiser