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Patricia is going all out to lap it up at Dundrod

By Staff Reporter

An American motorcycle racer is back in Northern Ireland - attempting to break her own Ulster Grand Prix record as the fastest ever female around Dundrod.

Patricia Fernandez wrote her name in the record books when she lapped at 118.264mph on her Supersport machine last year.

But with a new bike - a Superstock ZX-10 - also in her garage, the Magic Bullet Racing rider has high hopes of being even faster in 2017.

"This year I'm feeling more confident and I want to keep building up my speed," said Patricia.

"We have a 600 again this year but we also have a Superstock for the first time as well so that should give me more seat time. The big thing is that we're aiming to build on the record this year. I'll definitely go faster on my 600, but the big bike is even quicker.

"If the conditions are right we'll break 120mph, and that's my big goal. I'm not going home until I break that anyway, they'll have to keep the roads open for me!

Patricia said 125mph on the Superstock "would be nice".

"But I don't like to set goals like that as there are so many things you can't control with road racing, and this is a completely different bike," she said.

"I respect it and its potential, so I'm going to build up to it. As long as I can go faster than I did last year I'll be happy."

Speaking at the launch of GymCo's sponsorship of the Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight race at the Charles Hurst Motorcycles Dundrod 150, Fernandez admitted her team wasn't always as relaxed watching her around the 7.4-mile circuit in 2016.

"Stanley Watson, the team owner of Magic Bullet was so nervous about me going out that he kept telling me to just go fast enough to break it and no more, but you can't tell a racer that!" she said.

"Every lap I was just building up my confidence and I could see the times on the pit board, so I was just thinking I can go faster."

The MCE Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week runs until tomorrow at Dundrod, Co Antrim.

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