Seamus Elliott eager to make a big impact on Isle of Man TT debut
Seamus Elliott, a winner at last season's Southern 100, will make his Isle of Man TT debut in June having secured machinery to compete in three of the six solo races with the PeoplesBike.com team.
The Ballymoney rider, who will take part in the RST Superbike, RL360 and PokerStars Senior races on Mark Cubbon's Kawasaki ZX-10R, has been a leading contender across all classes on the Irish National scene.
He has been a race winner and regular podium finisher at the Southern 100 and Oliver's Mount, Scarborough meetings.
One of his finest performances came on the Isle of Man as he took a superb win in the opening Supersport 600cc race at the Southern 100 ahead of riders including Dan Kneen, Ivan Lintin and Russ Mountford.
Elliott also enjoyed an excellent week of racing at last year's Ulster Grand Prix, where he campaigned Wilson Craig's Honda machinery.
His best result came in the opening Supersport race when he placed eighth, but he also took 10th in the feature Superbike race and 11th in the Superstock encounter, with his best lap overall an impressive 128.297mph.
He finished third overall in last season's Irish Road Racing Supersport Championship and has proved himself to be a versatile performer, so his TT debut has been very much anticipated.
Elliott explained: "We've been trying to get over to the TT races for a few years now so it's brilliant that it's finally come together.
"I've now got this chance with a strong team and I've started to learn the course. I was over on the Isle of Man last weekend with the rider liaison officers, which really got me excited for the races and I just want to repay the faith that the team has in me."
In other news, Carrick's Glenn Irwin and his all-new PBM BeWiser Ducati British Superbike team launched their 2016 livery in a top London hotel yesterday.
Irwin will join three-time British Superbike champion Shane Byrne in the Penrith-based squad on factory-backed Panigale R machinery this season, which team owner Paul Bird believes will give them a great chance of retaining the title they lost in 2015 to Josh Brookes and Milwaukee Yamaha.
"We are deadly serious about winning the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship," said Bird, who also hinted that his team would not be at this year's NW200.
He added: "We have no other distractions away from BSB this year, so we can fully concentrate on the job at hand and we are in good shape to win back the title that we so narrowly missed out on retaining last season.
"Shane and Glenn have been in constant training and we have had some good testing on the bikes already, with loads of potential still to come.
"We won't be doing a lot of talking this year; we will let our results on the track do that for us."