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Hudson Kennaugh has some unfinished business at the TT

By Paul Lindsay

South African rider Hudson Kennaugh, who prevented a Northern Ireland victory in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc class at Donington Park last weekend, is making a return to the Isle of Man TT this year.

The former South African Superbike champion, who headed both local riders Josh Elliott and Alastair Seeley home at the Leicestershire venue last Sunday, made his TT debut back in 2010 and picked up three bronze replicas and a best lap of 121.759mph.

The 33-year-old was back again the following year but suffered a glut of retirements. This time around, the British championship BMW rider will campaign a Splitlath Buell 1190 in the Superstock, Superbike and Senior TT races.

It will be British-built Triumph 675 machinery in the Supersport outings with Charlesworth Motors the main sponsor, and in the Lightweight TT on Supertwin machinery, he will ride a Shirlaw Motorcycles ER6 Kawasaki.

Speaking of his return, the hard-charging Kennaugh commented: "I've definitely got unfinished business with the Isle of Man. 

"I'm enjoying racing in the British championship and fighting for race victories with the likes of Alastair Seeley and Josh Elliott, but I think that I can have a good go at the roads as well.

"I'm really happy with the rides that I've secured and even though I've been away for a few years now, I'm pretty confident that I can get dialled in again quickly and be competitive in the classes."

Practice for this year's TT Race, meanwhile, gets under way on Saturday at 6.20pm.

The opening sessions are for newcomers, with the big guns making their first appearance on Monday, June 1 from the same time.

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