There will be huge changes across all classes of motorcycle racing for the year ahead.
Last year a record number of 19 different Kerry-based motorcycle racers competed on events at home and abroad.
While numbers are set to remain relatively high this year most Kerry riders plan to race in different classes compared to last season.
Tralee-based Superbike racer Emmet O’Grady has yet to announce his full plans for the 2022 season. He will continue in the top Dunlop Masters Superbike Pro Class on his TAG Honda Fireblade and is also set to contest the Supersport championship on a yet to be announced bike. Additional events in Northern Ireland and Britain are also on the cards.
Joining him in Superbike Pro class for the first time this year is Ballyduff’s Dean O’Grady on his Kawasaki ZX10R. Dean finished second in the Superbike Cup class last year, and this earned him a promotion to the main category.
North Kerry’s John Griffin remains in the Superbike Cup class on his BMW S1000RR.
Superbike Cup champion Evan O’Grady has entered the Supersport class on a Honda CBR600.
Supersport Class frontrunner Andrew Murphy has committed to the clubman Moto 400 class on a Kawasaki ZX10R.
He joins Duagh’s Mike Sheeran who is entering his second season in Moto 400 on his Honda RVF.
Jack O’Grady will remain in the Supersport Cup category on his Suzuki GSXR600.
Production Twins champion Darragh Crean will step up to the Super Twins class on a new Aprilia. He has sold his championship-winning Suzuki to fellow Tralee racer Robert O’Connell who previously raced in the Supersport Cup category.
Tom McElligott will continue in the Production Twins class on his Suzuki SV 650 but his brother Dylan is heading to Australia for a year and his bike has been transferred to their father Tom Sr for the season.
Alex O’Grady, brother of Dean and Jack -will make his race debut this season and will race in the Production Twins class on a Suzuki SV 650.
Anthony O’Carroll will remain in the Supersport Cup class on his Kawasaki ZX6R but is also planning a full season of road racing. There are a lot of calendar clashes through the summer months so the Ballyduff racer will not be a regular at Mondello Park this year. Ardfert’s Stephen Walsh is also planning some road racing events on his classic machine.
Sidecar passenger Siobhan Ardener will do some of the Mondello rounds but she has her sight set on an international programme of events too and will make both her Belgian and Isle Man debuts this year.
Kevin Coyne will take a year out after two seasons of racing in Britain and Frank Doherty has sold his bike and is unlikely to race this season. Samantha Martin remains committed to her Paramedic studies at the University of Limerick while Maurice Fealey has yet to announce his plans for the season.
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