O’Carroll announces busy season on roads and short circuits

Ballyduff-based motorcycle racer Anthony O’Carroll is to take a two-way approach to his racing year this season.

His main focus will be the Dunlop Masters Irish national series which gets underway on this weekend.

He will use his usual Kawaski ZX 6R for the short circuit season but he has also struck a deal with Maynooth Cycles to ride their Suzuki SV 650 on two road racing events that will run in Northern Ireland later this summer.

O’Carroll took part in a Dunlop Masters official test session last month which also doubled as a season launch, albeit behind closed doors.

“Our main focus this year will be the Dunlop masters in the Supersport Cup class,” he said. “I am looking for my first podium finish, having narrowly missed out on it on a good few occasions now.”

O’Carroll made his road racing debut at the Cookstown 100 last September where he finished a creditable ninth overall in the Combined Senior Supersport A and B race and finished second in class B.

He hopes to return to the Tyrone event this September and has also lodged an entry for the Armoy Road Races which will take place in County Antrim on July 30 and 31.

“We have entries in for both Armoy Road Races and Cookstown 100 in the Senior Support and with the support of Mark Downs of Maynooth Cycles we will also be running a second bike in the Junior Support class at both of these events,” he added.  “We had initially planned in competing in the closing three rounds of the Thundersport GB but due to current circumstances [Brexit and pandemic restrictions] it may not be possible.”

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