Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Dickson’s rocking to Mar-Train tune

Irish Superbike star James Dickson won’t ‘look back in anger’ this weekend when he visits Slane Castle to see his heroes, Manchester band, Oasis, in concert.

That’s because the 24-year-old Coleraine man has just signed for Ireland’s leading Irish Superbike team, Mar-Train Racing, to complete his 2009 season.

Up until last weekend, Dickson had been riding for Nigel Watt and Nigel Logan in the VSK Yamaha team, but after seeing his bike for sale on the Internet on Monday night, Dickson realised it was time to move on.

“I had a great run at Bishopscourt last weekend, but when I got home I noticed the bike was for sale on the Internet and no-one had told me,” explained the Coleraine man.

“The atmosphere in the camp hadn’t been great, to be honest, so I gave Tim Martin, from Mar-Train, a ring and we sorted a deal.

“They are the best equipped team in the paddock, and with Alistair Kirk moving back into the 600 class I will concentrate on winning the Irish Superbike Championship and that trip to the Kings of Wanneroo in Australia courtesy of Irish Racer magazine in November for the ISB Champion.”

Dickson, who finished a career-best third in the 2007 ISB Championship, is now only five points behind series leader Gerard Kinghan after five podiums on the bounce, with another Coleraine man, Mark Johnson, in third.

Temple businessman Tim Martin, who owns and manages the Mar-Train Racing team, is delighted to have young Dickson in his starting line-up for the next round at Kirkistown on July 14.

“Yes, I’m very pleased to have James on-board,” said Martin.

“We obviously know of James from the MotoSix, the Six nations event at the start of the season, when he rode our bike.

“Hopefully we can now get our championship campaign back on track and I know James is really fired up for winning the series this year.”

This season’s Irish Superbike Championship still has nine rounds to run, with the champion crowned at the end of season Sunflower meeting at Bishopscourt on October 18.

Ten days later, courtesy of the Motorcycle Club of Western Australia and Irish Racer magazine, the ISB champion will join the likes of Ryan Farquhar, Michael Laverty, British Superbike stars Ian Lowry and Simon Andrews, and a whole host of other top-name riders on a trip of a lifetime to Perth.

Mar-Train Racing’s James Dickson will hope to be in that number, but for now he’s just going to have to put the ‘Champagne Supernova’ on ice.

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