National motorcycle racing returned on Saturday with the Belfast and District Motor Club’s King of Kirkistown meeting marking the first competitive Irish meeting of the year.
Andy Murphy was the best of the local riders taking a brace of third places in his two Supersport races on his newly acquired Triumph. Both races were won by road racing legend Michael Dunlop who made a surprise appearance at a club event ahead of this weekend’s Cookstown Road Races in County Tyrone.
Tralee man Robert O’Connell was unlucky not to record a class win at Saturday’s Supersport Cup race after a bearing failed on his gear shift mechanism. The incident dropped him to second position. He took second in class in race two on his Yamaha.
Emmett O’Grady took two 12th places in both his Superbike races onboard his TAG Honda and fellow Tralee rider Daragh Crean was fourth and third in each of his Production Twin races on his Suzuki.
John Griffin was out of luck after the Asdee rider suffered a blown engine in his BMW which ruled him out of the two Superbike Cup races.