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From a famine to a feast is the best way to describe Michael Sweeney’s approach to the 2021 season.
As a result of last year’s pandemic disrupted season the Skerries man, like most of his contemporaries, managed just two meetings.
He contested the delayed Cookstown 100 road race and the September Dunlop Masters’ meeting at Mondello,
So this year Sweeney is aiming to make up for lost time this year and will enter every meeting he possibly can.
Naturally enough the 2019 Irish National Road Racer of the Year will be at Armoy in July and Cookstown in September.
But he has also committed to a full season of the Dunlop Masters at Mondello Park and “and whatever short-circuit racing is on in the North,”
Still getting used to the BMW S1000RR he acquired for Superbike class last year, he will also use a Yamaha R6 in the Supersport and Supertwin classes.
Sweeney prepared for the year ahead at the Dunlop Masters organised pre-season test at Mondello Park on May 8 onboard his BMW 1000RR.
“The test was good after the rain cleared off, once it dried up, we got to try a few new things with the bike and the suspension side of things,” he told Road Racing Ireland. “I got the new BMW last year, so we are still trying to learn a lot about the bike as we didn’t get much time with it last year as everything was cancelled due to the situation the world was in. Hopefully, now this is the start of getting back to normal and we can get a lot of racing in.”
His best hope, like everyone else, for a full season of racing, will be on the short circuits and he has confirmed that the will enter three different classes in the Dunlop masters.
He took four wins out of four starts in the Supertwin class at the only Masters’ meeting to run at the County Kildare track last September on the R6.
Sweeney’s preference is the roads and he will take his two bikes to Armoy and Cookstown.
Last September he finished second, behind Derek Shiels, in the Superbike bike race at the County Tyrone venue on the BMW while his two races on the Yamaha netted fifth in the Supersport race and third in the Supertwin class.
Last year, before the pandemic hit international travel and all other areas of normal life, Sweeney had revealed ambitions to race at Macau.
While nothing is confirmed, he has not ruled out something different and more adventurous before the end of the year.
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