Taking Stock could help Reid shine
British Supersport Championship regular Andy Reid is currently at a crossroads in his career, with the inimitable Jordanstown ace now weighing up options to move into the Superstock 1000cc class on the British scene in 2017.
Reid has suffered season-ending injuries in consecutive campaigns in the British Supersport Championship and, despite being a regular podium finisher and race winner, he now finds himself in a similar position to near-neighbour and fellow racer Alastair Seeley.
"The top teams are all seeking a big budget to ride for them next season in both the British Supersport Championship and the Superstock 1000cc class, where I am considering a move to," said Reid, who this season rode for the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki team.
With the Quattro boys now looking to focus on the premier British Superbike class in 2017, having secured the services of leading contender Leon Haslam, it leaves the gregarious Reid out in the cold and looking for his third new team in as many seasons.
"It's quite stressful to be honest," said the 22-year-old, who outside racing is regarded as one of the UK's leading up-and-coming tattoo artists.
"I'd love to stay in the British Supersport Championship as I feel I have unfinished business there. But on the flip side, some of the figures I've been quoted - well, they have left me a little deflated," he added, referring to requests in the region of £60,000.
Reid is undoubtedly a talented performer on two wheels, and with his quirky personality and trademark personal canvas of body ink, not to mention his articulate and friendly nature, the Prince's Trust ambassador could be a major asset for any employer.
His obvious talent for tattooing is very much in vogue in the modern era, and now that his broken bones have healed, he's ready to get back to his other passion during the off-season in a pair of black surgical gloves.
"I don't tattoo much during the season as I try to remain fully focused on my racing," said Reid, who previously raced for heavily tattooed Prodigy front man Keith Flint in the TTC Yamaha team.
With the majority of manufacturers no longer continuing their development on 600cc machinery, the class will eventually be superseded by the Superstock 1000cc class, with the BSB scene already filling up with talent for 2017.
"I know that I have to accept that the Stock 1000 class is now a major option for me and it might just suit my style," said Reid, who at a tad over 6ft tall and around 67kg (which coincidentally matches his race number) is a perfect blueprint for the 200bhp class in the British Championship.
And with that, his tattoo gun cracked back into life.