Coyne makes surprise entry to Irish season finale

Kevin Coyne will bring his motorcycle racing season to a close in Ireland this weekend after making a surprise entry to the final round of the Irish championship.

The Farranfore racer has spent the year in Britain where he was racing in the National Superstock class on his Kawasaki Ninja as part of the British Superbike Championship (BSB).

The previous season was also spent in the UK in the National Junior series, another category that supports the major BSB races.

However, he has decided to skip next weekend’s final British meeting of 2021 at Brands Hatch and instead contest the final round of the Dunlop Irish Masters Championship at Mondello Park in County Kildare on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be his first time racing on home soil since 2019 and he has entered the Supersport class where he will face Irish frontrunners like West Limerick’s Andrew Murphy and Cork’s Jamie Collins. Both riders are frontrunners in the class with Murphy aiming for second overall in the Pro sub-category and Collins aiming for victory in the Cup sub-category having already won the class in the Ulster Superbike Championship.

Coyne’s main mission this weekend is to see how he measures up against Irish riders after two seasons abroad.

“We just wanted to finish our year in Ireland,” his father Mark said. “It will be nice to be back in Mondello after such a long time.”

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