Bonner pinches himself at prospect of Dundrod return with new team
Meath racer Alan Bonner is looking to avenge the disappointment of crashing out of last year's UGP, when he returns to Dundrod for this year's MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix with new team RC Express Racing in August.
The 2010 Irish Senior Road Race champion crashed out of the Superstock qualifying at Dawson's Bend, while running in the top 10, which unfortunately ruled him out of the race.
This season Bonner has joined double TT winner Ivan Lintin in the Bristol-based RC Express Racing team, owned and run by father and son pairing Roy and Ben Constable.
Having won three consecutive Lightweight TT races: two with Lintin and one with Dean Harrison, team manager Ben Constable has already confirmed his team will provide Kawasaki ZX-10R Superstock machinery, for Bonner to compete in all of the 1000cc races at the UGP.
"I'm pretty excited about the opportunity I've been given with RC Express Racing. They are a mega team and the bikes are absolutely immaculate," said Bonner.
"To come from working out of the back of my van to something like this - I almost have to pinch myself. The challenge is to now make that next step and move my performance up a level; that's what I'll be looking to do at the Ulster".
Speaking of the circuit he added: "I can't wait to get back to Dundrod. It's great to be pushing with the front runners, but I'm still learning as I haven't had as many laps as I'd like there yet. But I absolutely love the circuit - it's without doubt the best in Ireland."