Jamie Hamilton has sealed a ‘dream’ move to Wilson Craig’s Honda team for the 2014 road racing season.
The 23-year-old will ride Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machinery for the Co Londonderry businessman at the international road race meetings, competing in five solo races at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, in June.
Hamilton, the top newcomer at the TT in 2012, had been due to ride a 600cc Kawasaki for John Duggan but his deal with Craig includes a new CBR600RR Honda.
The former British Superstock 600 champion will also compete in the Supertwin class this year on a Kawasaki ER6 for Stewart Smith.
Craig has supported a host of star names in the past including Guy Martin, Cameron Donald, Keith Amor and William Dunlop and Hamilton told the News Letter his move to the highly-respected outfit was a ‘dream come true’.
“When I was a kid in the race paddock I used to look at all the big teams and who was riding for them and now that I’ve signed for Wilson Craig I almost can’t believe it - it’s a dream come true for me,” he said.
“Wilson is known for putting out top class bikes and he takes a lot of pride in how they are prepared and making sure they are as fast as they possibly can be.
“I’m going to the Isle of Man TT this year with a proven team and bike and I know that when I get to the bottom of Bray Hill the bike won’t be far off set-up wise,” he added.
“I was a bit worried about what the expectations might be because Wilson builds bikes to win races, but there is no big pressure and Wilson wants me to keep learning at the TT and building for the future.”
Hamilton is one of the top young prospects on the roads along with fellow countryman Lee Johnston and England’s Dean Harrison.
Full story in Thursday’s News Letter.