Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Amor on track for TT glory

Falkirk flyer Keith Amor is aiming to break Suzuki’s dominance in Monday’s TT Superstock race on the Isle of Man.

Amor, who bases himself in Larne during the season with friend and training partner Jonathan Rea, is confident of a top class finish in the production based events, and feels just about ready for his first TT win.

“Bruce Anstey has been the main man in the Superstock class and then Cameron was last year, but I don’t think Suzuki will get it all their own way this year,” he said.

Amor is still learning the TT Circuit, but his pragmatic approach has already put him in amongst the front-runners at this year’s event in the Supersport and Superstock categories, with laps of 126mph and 121mph respectively, but he’s not getting carried away.

“The Superstock bike is more stable and easier to ride than the other two, so I can be more aggressive in my approach, but there’s a lot of foxing going on out there and John [McGuinness] will be the man to beat in every class; he’s just superb,” admitted Keith.

Amor is only racing at his third TT, so in many purists’ eyes the diminutive Falkirk rider is still an apprentice, only graduating on June 12, the day that ends this year’s TT Festival.

The 36-year-old doesn’t see it that way and would dearly love to be the first Scottish winner at the TT in a decade — the last being Jim Moodie in the Junior class back in 1999.

“I’m not setting any goals but yes I’d love to win one,” said Keith. “All I will say, is that I’ll be there or thereabouts in both the Supersport and Superstock races. I’ve learned more this year in a few days of practice than I did the past two years.

“I’ve also followed John [McGuinness] on the Superbike, he’s not going to be beaten on the Superbike is he? He’s just Mister TT.

“The problem is, you can only stay with him for three or four miles then he’s gone, and I mean gone!”

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi may be handing out the champagne for tomorrow’s Dainese TT Superbike race, but Keith would be quite happy to wait until next week when his World Superbike mate Jonathan Rea performs the honours — how ironic would that be?

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