Andy Reid looking to ink his name on list of World Supersport riders
Jordanstown motorcycle ace Andy Reid has his sights set on the World Supersport Championship next season.
But to get the golden ticket, the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider needs to win the British equivalent, which means getting back to top-step action this weekend at Cadwell Park.
The quirky racer and talented tattoo artist has won four races in this season's British Supersport Championship.
He's also had a taste of leading the series, which is turning into a fascinating three-way battle between Reid, current series leader Tarran Mackenzie and second-placed man James Westmoreland.
Reid currently holds third place after a problematic weekend at Brands Hatch last time out.
The series moves to Lincolnshire's Cadwell Park circuit for a Bank Holiday meeting on Sunday and Monday, and Reid has only one thing on his mind.
"There's no doubt we want to go there and bang in two wins," said the 22-year-old, who was visibly down on power during the last round on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
"My team has made some changes for this weekend, so we will need to see how they go, but it's never easy at Cadwell, as the narrow nature of the track produces really close racing."
Speaking of the famous Mountain circuit, he said: "I love the Cadwell Park circuit and it probably suits my style and being a bit taller, the extra leverage through places like Hall Bends and the Gooseneck certainly helps."
Reid was a winner at the Lincolnshire venue back in 2014 during his British Superstock 600cc campaign on the FFX Yamaha.
He also tasted success the previous campaign on a 125cc Honda, but last season he failed to stand on the box during his debut year in the British Supersport series.
His aim is to settle that score this weekend and to do that, he's been preparing mentally as well as physically.
"I like to kick back and watch a movie or play the guitar," said Reid, who has also become a cycling aficionado.
"I love riding my bike. It has become part of my daily training programme and is perfect for fitness and keeping a taller rider like me lean for a Supersport machine."
At the Manx Grand Prix last night, Bradford's Dean Harrison took over the mantle of the fastest rider in the Superbike class when he posted a lap speed of 123.580mph on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki.
A red flag during the opening session, which came due to an incident on the approach to Ramsey, put paid to the night's proceedings.