Ardfert racer planning a full season of Road Racing

An Ardfert motorcycle racer is hoping to tackle as many closed road races as possible next season.

Stephen Walsh is one of 17 Kerry riders who raced motorcycles this season.

However, Walsh, who is a senior lecturer at Manchester University, spent his entire season racing in Northern Ireland and not at Mondello Park like the majority of the other Kerry riders.

He contested the Irish Classic Racing Association’s championship that took place at venues like Kirkistown and Bishopscourt.

Stephen Walsh hopes to step up to a full season of Road Racing in 2022: Photo by Baylon McCaughey

He finished sixth in the 350cc category on a classic Honda he built with help from local motorcycle race mechanics John O’Grady and Der Rahilly.

Following his success in Ulster this season, he has plans to contest several road races, both north and south of the border next year.

“My results this year, I am able to upgrade my licence,” he said. “I have been a fan of road racing all my life and always had this ambition. I am only a clubman, I won’t win races, but I won’t finish last either. I am going to do as many as I can, try my best.”

Walsh, who divides his time between work commitments in Manchester and family life in Ardfert, describes this as his third wave of motorcycle racing.

As a teenager, he competed in trials events, during the 1990s and the early 2000s, he contested the Irish championship on a Honda CBR.

“It was not the bike to have, the other riders had switched to better R5s,” he added. “Work, family, the usual, I have not raced for 20 years until this year.”

Walsh races with support from Tyre Stop, Tralee.


 

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