Two Kerry-based riders have entered the opening round of the Ulster Superbike Championship which gets underway at the Kirkistown Race Circuit in County Down on Saturday.
Superbike Pro racer Emmet O’Grady and Production Twins class frontrunner Darragh Crean will contest this weekend’s Belfast and District Motor Club’s President’s Cup race meeting on Saturday.
It will mark the start of a busy three-week programme for the two Tralee-based riders.
They will return to Northern Ireland on the weekend of July 17 and 18 for the second round of the Ulster Super Bike Championship, at Bishopscourt, where they will be joined by Supersport Cup racer Robert O’Connell.
The following weekend they will be back at Mondello Park for the second Dunlop Masters Irish Championship meeting.
“I am going up there to get more pace and time on the bike,” said Crean who is second in the Dunlop Masters Production Twin Championship. “There is a lot of fast riders up there, I am fighting for wins in Mondello but usually I can only get a top five result in the north.”
O’Grady will mark his second outing in his new for 2021 Honda Fireblade. His best result was fourth, in three races, at the June Masters’ meeting.