Gear selection issues hamper Crean’s Walderstown despite qualifying on pole for Junior Support race

Tralee motorcycle racer Darragh Crean was unlucky not to win at least one race at last weekend’s Walderstown Road Races near Athlone. 

It was just his second road race outing the Aprilia RS650 took pole position for the Junior Support race. 

That race took place on Saturday evening. He was fourth bike away on the opening lap and was keen to make up the lost positions when he braked too late and over shot a junction. 

“I was Paddy last after that,” he said but re-joined the race and set several fastest lap times as he recovered to eighth place. He was just pipped on the last lap for the fast lap of the race… 

On Sunday, during the second Junior Support race, he was forced to retire after a gear selector broke on the Aprilia. 

His team, which included Kerry men Robert O’Connell, Der Rahilly and Brian Kirwan temporarily repaired the offending unit in time for the SuperTwins race. 

“I still had difficulty coming from sixth to fifth, I wasn’t able to brake late so I just rode around, to get the mileage and finished eighth I think,” he added. 

“It is what it is, its road racing and you take what you get.” 

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