The Ballygowan and District Road Racing Supporters Club has pledged its support to Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton in 2015 for a fourth successive season.
Hamilton has joined John Burrows’ B.E. Racing team this year after a spell in Wilson Craig’s Honda outfit, taking over the ride from Manx rider Dan Kneen, who has teamed up with the new Millsport Suzuki squad after a stellar campaign at the national and international road races last year.
Former top Isle of Man TT newcomer Hamilton is eager to return to his best form after an indifferent season in 2014, when a crash at the Skerries 100 forced him to miss the second part of the year, including the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.
Hamilton will be aiming to retain the Irish road racing Superbike title on Burrows’ Suzuki GSX-R1000 after Kneen secured the crown at his first attempt in his rookie season at the Irish national meetings.
His first outing on the roads will be at the Cookstown 100 in April, with Tandragee next up ahead of the onset of the ‘big three’ international races, starting with the Vauxhall International North West 200 in May.
A statement issued by the Ballygowan club said: “Ballygowan and District Road Racing Supporters Club is delighted to confirm we will be backing Jamie Hamilton in 2015.
“Having supported Jamie since 2012 and watching him progress to the top level, we are confident that he will continue to compete against the top road racers at national and international level.
“The club wishes all at John Burrows’ team and Jamie a safe and successful racing season.”
Meanwhile, the Knock Motorcycle Club/EVO Motocross Ireland will host its first motocross meeting of the year at Bishopscourt on Sunday.
A full programme features various classes including youth motocross classes from 50cc onwards, adult classes for all abilities (including Expert, Clubman and Beginners’ grades) and also the relatively new Evo class, which encourages the development of the sport at grass-roots level.
A spokesperson for the meeting explained: “The Evo name is used a lot more loosely here, mainly to provide an opportunity to get older bikes out of barns, off the streets and back onto the track, so the rules have been relaxed to enable bikes up to 10 years old to participate.
“Buying a bike which is a bit older makes racing more affordable and, coupled with the type of tracks used, which tend to be flat with few or no jumps, provides the perfect learning platform for beginners and those who happen to be a little rusty.
“If you would like to give it a try, all you need is a motocross bike from any year of manufacture - as long as it is fit for purpose - the correct riding gear and a helmet,” the spokesperson added.
“There will also be an expert rider or two available for any riding help or advice, with Husqvarna UK Enduro team rider Jordan Scott attending on Sunday.”
Further information about the event can be obtained via the club’s Facebook page EVOMXIreland, online at www.evomxireland.co.uk or on Twitter at @evomxireland.