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Tattooist Reid ready to make his mark with stunning title hat-trick

By Paul Lindsay

Jordanstown's Andy Reid has already measured the mantelpiece in anticipation of his third British Supersport winner's trophy, prior to this weekend's sixth round of the series at Thruxton.

The quirky 22-year-old racer, and equally talented tattoo artist, was himself needled after a mechanical failure forced him to retire from a potential race-winning position just a fortnight ago at Snetterton.

Having licked his wounds, put in the hard yards and enjoyed some laughs with local broadcaster Pamela Ballantine in between, the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider (below) is rubbing his hands at the prospect of some Thruxton silverware on Saturday and Sunday.

"Last year I finished second in the feature race, so I'd like to go one better this year. I've been looking at the two winner's trophies at home, and I'd really like to make space for a third on Monday morning," smiled Reid.

Speaking of round six and the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit, he added: "It's a fast circuit, but I enjoy riding it. It's all about eliminating any problematic set-up issues and finding the correct compromise with suspension to ride those fast bumps - where you are on the side of the tyre for long periods. It's a lot of fun."

Reid has become a familiar face on not only the sports pages as his dulcet tones have also been heard on U105 broadcasts with popular media figure Pamela Ballantine.

"Pamela is great fun and just this week I did a piece with her at Dave Kane Cycles. All good fun and great PR, but in short, I need a trouble-free weekend on the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki at Thruxton, and with that, a big haul of points to help my championship aspirations."

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