Kerry riders enjoy a successful Mondello Park weekend
There were plenty of local success stories at the second Dunlop Masters Irish Superbike Championship meeting of the year last weekend.
Superbike racer Emmet O’Grady got the weekend off to a flying start, taking third in the opening Superbike race on Saturday. This was his first podium of the season and the first one for his new-for-2021 TAG Honda Fireblade.
He had to give best to rival Thomas O’Grady on Sunday, the Dublin rider just pipping the local racer for the final podium position. The pair enjoyed another ding-dong battle in the final race and while the Dubliner held the upper hand entering the final lap, O’Grady tried a ‘win it or bin it move’ that resulted in a trip to the gravel trap and eventual eighth-place finish.
Ballyduff’s Dean O’Grady took second in the opening Superbike Cup race, just in front of Emmet’s brother Evan.
Asdee’s John Griffin was fifth. The O’Gradys swapped positions for race two while Evan took second place to Dean’s fifth in race three. Evan tops the championship’s class standings after the weekend.
Darragh Crean is another local rider to lead his category after taking two wins and a second-place in his three Production Twins races.
Dylan McElligott improved in every race he contested, scoring a 10th, ninth and seventh place while his brother Tom, on his race debut weekend, took 14th and 16th in the two Production Twins races that he finished.
Andrew Murphy put a difficult start to the weekend behind him to take two third places in his Supersport Pro races. A small crash during practice on Friday put him and his confidence on the backfoot but he got his head around the situation and left Mondello Park in third place in the championship standings.
Robert O’Connell reversed his run of bad luck. He blew an engine during the practice session at Bishopscourt the weekend before. A hastily rebuilt unit resulted in a clutch failure on Friday – Andrew Murphy’s mother Deirdre saved the day by delivering the necessary spare parts from Abbeyfeale on Friday night. His efforts were rewarded, and O’Connell is now third in the Supersport Cup Championship after taking one podium over the weekend.
Jack O’Grady continues to improve on his debut season, taking a ninth, a seventh and finally a fifth-place finish over the weekend in the Supersport Cup races.
It was a mixed weekend for Killarney sidecar racer Siobhan Ardener. She and her driver Fergus Woodlock took third in their opening race, but she injured her right hand during the second event and were forced to sit out the finale.
Duagh’s Michael Sheeran took two fifth places and a seventh place in his three Moto 400 races.
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