Mar-Train chief gutted after TT glory bid halted by Dan Kneen injury
Local team Mar-Train Racing have been forced to withdraw from the Isle of Man TT Races, which start next week, after their rider Dan Kneen was declared unfit to compete by the event's chief medical officer.
It's a bitter blow for Mar-Train Racing, who won the feature race at the Tandragee 100 last month, proving that the Manxman was starting to gel with Yamaha's unfancied YZF-R1M Superbike - a similar machine to that which Michael Dunlop opted out of riding at last year's TT Races.
Kneen broke an arm in a mountain bike incident just days before the start of this year's Vauxhall International North West 200 and although former GP ace Jeremy McWilliams stepped in to help out it was really only ever a case of bandaging over the wounds for team owner Tim Martin, who has seen little or no return from major investment since taking on the Yamaha deal at the start of 2015.
Martin said: "It is difficult to accept at the minute. I am gutted for Dan on a personal level as I think he would have had a great TT and possibly scored his first podium.
"As a team we have been working towards this year's TT since we did the deal with Yamaha UK 18 months ago, so to have to sit the event out is quite simply a disaster," he added.
Some close to the Temple-based team have said this could possibly spell the end for Mar-Train Racing at this level, although Martin did say: "All we can do now is try to bounce back at our remaining events beginning with the Southern 100 in July.
"I would like to wish the TT organisers every success with this year's event and I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable two weeks."