Kerry Mafia taking over Irish motorcycle racing

The Kerry Mafia taking over Irish racing.

Motorcycle racing is set to return this weekend with an official but behind closed doors test session at Mondello Park

Kerry Motorsport News will preview the season by republishing a series of articles that were originally published in Road Racing Ireland magazine

By Sean Moriarty

County Kerry has a rich heritage in all forms of motorsport stretching back to the early years of the 20th century,

Its rugged mountain passes and wild Atlantic coastline makes the county a natural playground for rally drivers but there is a notable shift as motorcycle racing looks set to take over in popularity.

If this year’s Dunlop Masters Championship manages to get off the ground, there could be as many as 20, maybe more, Kerry riders on the grid.

The growth of two-wheeled motorsport in Kerry is hard to explain.

Not alone will Kerry riders feature in every class, they are not there to make up the numbers and it will be no surprise if many class trophies make their way to The Kingdom by the season’s end.

Just over 25 years ago Limerick-born but Tralee based John O’Grady was the only consistent competitor on the national scene.

While O’Grady remains a familiar sight in the paddock, and with his ace mechanic Der Rahilly never far from his side, the wiser older generation’s main role these days is to pass on their considerable knowledge to the next generation.

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