Marshall Neill comfortable taking break after solid season

Marshall Neill on the InCompetition Yamaha R6.
Marshall Neill on the InCompetition Yamaha R6.

Portadown’s Marshall Neill feels he proved he could still compete at a high level after competing in the Evo class in the British Supersport Championship this season.

Neill sat out last weekend’s Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt where he was due to ride Wilson Craig’s Honda after revealing he intends to take a break from the sport.

The veteran racer, who will be 40 in November, stopped short of saying he has retired altogether although he admitted he feels the time may be right to call it a day.

“I’m quite happy that I came back this year and was competitive again after breaking my pelvis in three places last year at Mondello Park,” said Neill.

“I dislocated my left arm too at the elbow and this time last year I was in sitting in a wheelchair and I was probably still in the hospital.

“I doubted if I’d be able to come back and be fast again on a motorbike so I’m pleased I was able to do a good job for the InCompetition team this season.

“My kids are at an age now where they want to do things at the weekends and most of the time I’m not here, plus I’m a keen cyclist and I love riding my mountain bike,” he added.

“I won’t say I’m retiring, I just want to see how I feel after a while.”

Neill finished 12th overall in the Supersport series and second in the Evo class.