Brothers in arms as three O’Gradys (Ballyduff) prepare for Dunlop Masters season

Three Ballyduff-based brothers are to race motorcycles during this year’s Dunlop Masters Irish Superbike Championship.  

Dean, Jack and Alex O’Grady have all placed entries for this year’s championship which will be held over six weekends, from April to September, at Mondello Park in County Kildare. 

Dean will race in the Dunlop Masters Superbike Pro class this year. The Suzuki GSXR rider earned a promotion for this season after finishing second in the Superbike Cup class last year.  

“I’m really looking forward to moving up to the Pro rankings. I had no expectations last year and really enjoyed the season,” he said. “The aim is to make another step in lap times this year and if I can do that then the results will come.” 

“We have a few good sponsors helping out this year with JPD and SJJ continuing to support. I’m still working with another few potential sponsors. We have MFM plant hire back on board supporting the three of us this year which is a massive help.” 

Brother Jack is returning to the Supersport 600cc class but he has purchased a new Suzuki for the season ahead.  

“Last year was my first season racing in Mondello in the Supersport Cup which I really enjoyed and learned a lot. I’m on a new bike for this year,” he said, “My aim is to do the full season of the Dunlop Masters and try my best to improve on results and laps times from last year. 

“I have a really good bike this year which has just been built with the help of JOG Tuning, David at TAS Suzuki and Anto from Genuine Suzuki spares helping me out. “ 

Finally, younger brother Alex is preparing to follow his older brothers into the sport.  

His race-licence assessment day is scheduled for March 12 and he is receiving tuition from Tralee Superbike ace Emmet O’Grady who is not related to the Ballyduff family.  

He will race a Suzuki SV650 in the Production Twin class.  

“I have been waiting years for this to happen,” added Dean. “’I am hoping to go up North with Alex in early March for some private testing before the Masters’ test weekend [March 26].” 

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