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Tralee racers chasing national glory as motorcycle racing season reaches its conclusion
Two Kerry motorcycle racers are in with a shot of bringing two national titles back to Tralee as the Dunlop Irish Masters reaches its conclusion this weekend.
Suzuki rider Darragh Crean can take the Production Twin class while Robert O’Connell has an outside chance at the Supersport Cup title.
This weekend’s four-race meeting will take place on Friday and Saturday, behind closed doors, and is only allowed to run under Level Three restrictions as the two-day event is part of a national championship.
Crean is in a three-way fight for class honours. He enters this weekend in joint-second place with his main rival Mark McGauran. They took two wins and a second-place each during the September meeting but failed to finish a race too.
This allowed Terry Bradley into the championship lead but, both Crean and McGauran have the speed advantage, but Bradley has finished third on four occasions.
“It will be down to the best and fairest racers on the day,” Crean told The Kerryman. “Anything can happen, and the weather will play a big part in too.”
Crean managed a test-day at the Kildare venue earlier this month ahead of the title showdown on Friday and Saturday.
Tralee’s Robert O’Connell took two seconds and a third in each of his Supersport Cup races but crashed out of his third race last month. He faces a race against time to have his big prepared in time for this weekend and will make a decision today (Wednesday).
His main title rival is Jamie Collins who took four wins last time out, so the odds are stacked against O’Connell.
“I came second [in the Production Twin championship] to Jamie last year,” he said. “I am not very impressed with my position [second in championship] but, I was very happy with my qualifying and lap times the last round.”
Andrew Murphy, from just over the county bounds in Mountcollins, County Limerick, trails Cork racer Mike Browne in the Supersport Class. The Triumph rider finished second to Browne on three occasions last time out.
John Griffin has a freshly installed engine in his BMW RR1000 while Emmett O’Grady and Anthony O’Carroll are two other locals on the entry list.