Saintfield road racer Davy Morgan is looking forward to a successful North West 200 following a solid start to his current campaign at the Cookstown and Tandragee 100 road races, where he had a number of top six finishes.
Morgan, a former Senior Manx Grand Prix winner, has also linked up with Action Cancer in 2009 to undertake the Davy Morgan Charity Challenge raising funds throughout the year for Action Cancer and their Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Davy said, “It was through the Davy Morgan 71 Supporters Club, that the link up with Action Cancer came about.
“It had been the aim to raise £700 through the sale of badges carrying my distinctive pink helmet design and the ribbon logo of the charity.
“I will also carry the pink logo of the cancer charity on my bikes and leathers. Thanks to the generosity of the race fans at the Cookstown 100 the target we set has already been reached, but that is not the end, as we will continue to raise funds with the challenge throughout the season.
“Motorcycle racers are always chasing money for sponsorship, this that and the other, so we thought with the badges we could give something back to people and cancer is a cruel disease that has touched every family in some way.”
Kerry McCrea of Action Cancer commented, “It is fantastic that Davy has pledged his support in terms of fundraising and increasing awareness of Action Cancer through motorcycle racing. We look forward to working with him throughout the racing season.”
On the racing front Morgan has for the second season teamed up with the CSC Branson Racing Team on new Yamaha R1 and R6 machines while he will compete on his own Honda in the 250cc class.
Commenting on the new deal Morgan said: “The new R1 is the best thing that has happened to me in quite a few years.
“I have an old Honda Fireblade and enjoyed riding that, however I’m now in a dilemma because the Honda has the horsepower for the North West and TT, but it’s nothing like as easy to ride as the new Yamaha, which is something else.
“The downside is it is only in superstock trim and doesn’t have the extra ponies for the superbike races.”
Morgan won the 250cc race at the 2005 North West.
“That was one of my best moments in racing and realistically given the quality entry this year the 250cc race is probably my best shot at going for a win, so I’ll be spending a fair bit of time hoping to get the machine right for the day,” he said.
Looking ahead the TT is the pinnacle of Morgan’s season, but he is still in negotiations with the organisers as to his participation this year.
“The credit crunch is hitting every rider in the country including myself and presently I think I am worth more than they think I am,” he said.
“I want to do as much racing as I can, but I cannot spend money I have not got.
“Presently if I do the TT, where I am currently the eighth fastest Irishman, I will not be doing much racing after that.
“Or maybe I will have to miss the TT to do a full Irish road-racing season.
“Hopefully it will not come to making that choice and I can manage to do both whilst continuing to raise much needed funds for Action Cancer.”