Ardfert road racer Stephen Walsh faces a race against time to have his Honda ready for this weekend’s Cookstown 100.

Classic motorcycle racer Stephen Walsh faces a race against time to have his Honda ready for this weekend’s Cookstown 100.

Last season, the Ardfert man, 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 this year.

The first event of the year is this weekend’s Cookstown 100 which takes place in County Tyrone on Friday and Saturday.

The event is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and Walsh wants to be trackside in time for the Classic bike display on Thursday night.

His bike has other ideas.

“The bike as ever in racing isn’t quite finished yet. Going to Armagh Wednesday for the last few bits. Hopefully, get it completed Wednesday night so we can view the classic bike show Thursday night. Can’t wait. Have a pile of engine chassis and brake work done. Really looking forward to giving it a rattle,” he said

He is also contesting the Tandragee Road Races the following weekend.

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