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English aiming to master British scene with Mondello support

By Paul Lindsay

Robert English, who has been in devastating form these past two seasons on the Irish tarmac scene, will make his first tentative steps in the British 1000cc Superstock Championship this weekend aboard an IFS Yamaha.

Bangor lad English was the first rider in history to win back-to-back titles in the Mondello Masters series, backing up his 2015 Supersport crown with the coveted Superbike title last season.

In addition to the fantastic support he receives from IFS Global Logistics' MD Graeme Hanna and associate sponsors, he has also received a £14,000 boost from a conglomerate of business people, headed up by Kildare race circuit Mondello Park, who awarded him their Young Rider of the Year for 2016.

Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies, Pat Duke Plant Services and Megabikes are well deserving of a mention for being part of this forward-thinking funding process, and collectively they have every faith that the North Down-based University of Ulster student will represent them studiously on all levels this season.

Speaking of his expectations for the weekend ahead, English said: "I am excited and motivated for the coming season. It will be a tough opening round as there will be a full grid of guys that have vastly more experience than me in the Superstock 1000 class."

He added: "In saying that, I will not let this affect my own performance as I am there to learn and to improve my overall riding ability.

"We have been getting ready for this all winter and it is great to finally be getting organised for the first round of the year.

"I would like to say a big thanks to all the people supporting the award, as well as my own loyal sponsors at IFS, because without them this season would not be possible," he added.

In other news, the upcoming Tandragee 100 - on April 21/22 - boasts an amazing 350-strong entry, headed up by none other than Honda Racing's new signing Guy Martin. It promises to be an exciting event.

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