Michael Dunlop the man to watch as big guns gear up for Skerries 100 races
Five Ulstermen, a Scot and a Czech will be to the fore in the fight to dominate tomorrow’s Skerries 100 road races.
Ryan Farquhar, the Dunlop boys Michael and William, Adrian Archibald and Michael Pearson are joined on the grid by Scotland’s Keith Amor and new road race star Michal Dokoupil from the Czech Republic for what should be a thrilling 11-race programme around the 2.92mile circuit just north of Dublin.
This is the 65th Skerries 100 and with William Dunlop having been master of the recent Bush road races in which he rode to four majestic victories he is well capable of a repeat performance.
But brother Michael and Farquhar were missing that day and they will throw down a strong challenge, especially in the Supersport event which could well be the race of the day.
Last year it was Michael who stole the show at Skerries with a 125, 250 and Supersport treble and the 21-year old will obviously be looking to show a return to his superb TT form on what is the home circuit of his Street Sweep Team boss Gary Ryan.
Amor was a double Superbike winner here last year and will debut his super-fast BMW machine in what will be his first Irish national road race of the season.
Farquhar, the current leader of the Duke Road Race rankings, just managed one victory at Sker
ries a year ago in the Supertwins class and following his controversial boycott of the Bush event — the matter now being resolved — the Dungannon rider will look to put the disruption to his season behind him.
“It's good to get the politics out of the way with common sense prevailing and I can now concentrate on my racing,” said Farquhar.
“It is a real busy time now with no let up in the action here in Ireland, at Scarborough and the Isle of Man for the Southern 100 all in the space of the next fortnight. I'll be going out to do my best and see where it takes me.”
All eyes will be on Farquhar, pitting his 450cc four-stroke Kawasaki against the 125cc two-stroke field led by William and Sam Dunlop and Paul Robinson.
Davy Morgan upset the formbook at Bush by winning the open championship race and he cannot be overlooked for another strong performance tomorrow.
Likewise Michael Pearson, who is well capable of podium positions in Supersport and Superbike while local rider Michael Sweeney could well be the man most likely to cause an upset.
Action gets under way this afternoon with roads closing for practice at 3pm while tomorrow morning the roads close at 9.30am for what should be an enthralling days action.
On Sunday the Mondello Park Superbike series returns with rounds four and five of the 11-round series currently led by Brian McCormack, unbeaten in the first three races of the series although he should be pushed hard by Marshall Neill, David Haire and Derek Sheils while Glenn Irwin will be looking to extend his unbeaten run in the Supersport class.