Kerry motorcycle racing mafia – six/six

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.

OVERSEAS ASIDE

As well as a strong presence on the Irish scene Kerry riders are also highly visible overseas.

Farranfore-based Kevin Coyne is set to graduate to British National Superstock 600 after a full season competing in the British Junior Supersport championship last year.

He has acquired a Kawasaki Ninja 636 for the year ahead the plan is to contest the first rounds of the Dunlop Masters in Mondello Park before switching to the British series. 

The opening round of the British Super Bike championship is scheduled for Oulton Park in late May. This will allow Coyne the chance to race in Ireland at least once before heading overseas.

He grew up watching the Rally of the Lakes, one of the biggest motorsport events in the Republic of Ireland, one that fostered his addiction to speed.

However, rallying is an expensive hobby and that was one of the family’s deciding factors when considering what branch of the sport to get involved in.

“The Rally of the Lakes is a huge part of what goes on locally, it has been going on for 40 years. Everyone around here is involved in it in some way,” his father Mark explains. “Rallying is expensive, motorbike racing is a lot more affordable. Our love of the sport was an evolution from that really.”

Further afield, Darragh Murphy, the younger brother of Mountcollins racer Andrew Murphy, contested the opening meeting of the St George Motorcycle Club’s night-race series at Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek) in January. He finished third on board his Honda CBR in the Pirelli 600cc race.

At the same venue, last September, Castleisland racer Dan McCarthy, finished eighth overall in a five-hour motorcycle endurance race.

McCarthy is a nephew of well-known local engine builder Gerry McCarthy and contests rounds of Dunlop Motorcycle Road Race Endurance series at the famous track that once hosted Moto GP races.

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