Manx prospect Dan Kneen joins forces with Burrows Racing

Dan Kneen on the Marks Bloom Suzuki at the Isle of Man TT in 2013
Dan Kneen on the Marks Bloom Suzuki at the Isle of Man TT in 2013

Top Manx rider Dan Kneen has teamed up with ex-racer John Burrows for the national and international road race meetings in 2014.

Isle of Man TT and Motorsport Manager Paul Phillips played a key role in instigating the deal, with Kneen set to ride a Suzuki Superbike and Honda Supersport for the Dungannon businessman, who quit the sport in 2012.

Kneen has retained the backing of long-term sponsors Marks Bloom Chartered Accountants and Wemoto and will ride a GSX-R1000 in the Superstock category for Marks Bloom, with selected outings on Burrows’ Kawasaki Supertwin machine also planned.

Skerries man Michael Sweeney will also ride for Burrows in 2014 in the 250cc class, but there is no place in the team for Nigel Moore or Stephen Thompson.

“I’m delighted to announce that Manxman Dan Kneen will be riding for John Burrows Racing in 2014. I wanted an exciting young rider that could take the team forward and Dan is the man in my opinion,” Burrows said.

“He’s already a proven top ten international finisher and with our quality machinery I believe he will be even closer to the top step of the podiums this year.”

Kneen, who will compete in the majority of the Irish national road races - starting at Cookstown in April - plus the North West 200, TT, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau, has six top ten finishes to his credit at the TT, including a best result of fifth in the Supersport class in 2010.

He was also a double winner at the Dundrod 150 meeting in 2010, when he claimed impressive finishes of sixth and seventh in the Ulster Grand Prix Supersport races.

The 26-year-old from Braddan announced his arrival in the sport with a red-hot treble at the Manx Grand Prix in 2008, when he won the Newcomers, Junior and Ultra Lightweight races.

An excited Kneen said: “I’m delighted to be joining John Burrows’ team. I feel John and his crew will provide me with everything I need to challenge for international podium finishes. His bikes will be as good as anything around.

“In previous years I’ve had to take care of all the machine preparation myself but this year I will be able to concentrate solely on the racing. I’m going to have a great opportunity to show what I can do and I’m really looking forward to mixing it up at the front.

“Top three finishes at the TT are the main aim but I’ll be looking for top results too when I come to Ireland,” he added. “I don’t know any of the national circuits but John’s experience will be a great help at all the places that are new to me and I’m confident I can put on a good show everywhere, starting at Cookstown.”