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Andy Reid is relishing chance to perform on the World Supersport stage

By Paul Lindsay

Published 21/05/2015

Opportunity: Andy Reid will make World Supersport bow
Opportunity: Andy Reid will make World Supersport bow

County Antrim racer Andy Reid will make his World Supersport debut this weekend at Donington Park with the Core Motorsport Honda team after an 11th-hour request to replace Taiwanese rider Ratthapark Wilairot.

The 21-year-old enjoyed his first British Supersport podium last time out at Oulton Park with Prodigy front man Keith Flint's TTC Yamaha squad, but is delighted, if not a little apprehensive, at making his World Championship bow.

The Core Motorsport Team, who won with Wilairot in Thailand this season, run Ten Kate prepared Honda CBR600 engines, so under the watchful eye of former racer and current team manager Johan Stigefelt, Reid is capable of putting on a good show.

"Hopefully I can go out and do the business," said the Jordanstown man.

"It's going to be a bit of a task getting to grips with the Honda after riding a Yamaha all year in the British series.

"But I've already set myself what I believe to be a realistic goal - I want to be the top British rider."

Reid will also have British Supersport regulars Luke Stapleford and Kyle Ryde for company.

The aforementioned duo, who are currently one and two in the British championship standings, will ride their BSS bikes, with Reid on the higher-spec Core Motorsport WSS Honda.

"It's a good opportunity to put myself in the shop window," added Reid.

"The bikes are prepared by Ten Kate in the Netherlands, so we know how good they are. It's a bit late notice, but that makes it all the more exciting."

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