Classic road racer Stephen Walsh chasing championship podium in 2023 after fourth place finish this season

Road racer Stephen Walsh is targeting a podium finish in next year’s Classic Bike Racing Ireland’s championship.

The Ardfert rider finished fourth this year in what was his first full season of road racing.

“I would have taken your hand off at the start of the year for that result,” he said.

The classic bike racing season differs from the modern road racing championship as it takes in all closed road events, regardless if they are sanctioned by Motorcycling Ireland or the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre.

Walsh, who races a Honda 350 on historic bike racers finished fourth behind riders like champion Andy Kildea and runner-up Barry Davidson.

He suffered mechanical failures in both Cookstown and Tandragee but as the season progressed he was getting closer and closer to his rivals.
“I want another cut off them next year,” he added. “Only for the two mechanical failures, I would have been on the podium.”


 
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