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Craig in desperate need of rider to contest the big three events

By Paul Lindsay

Londonderry based International Road Racing team owner Wilson Craig, says he may 'sit out' the big three internationals if he cannot secure a potential podium candidate to ride in his colours this season.

The retired businessman told the Belfast Telegraph: "It looks like Cameron (Donald) is going to give this year a miss, and if that's the case then I'm not sure there's anyone out there still available that we can support who can be a front runner at the TT."

With his stable of Honda machinery currently being prepared in anticipation of a rider breakthrough, he added: "I haven't spoken to him to agree terms as yet but we'll probably do something with Marshall Neill for the ISB Championship.

"I have spoken to a couple of other riders but for one reason or another I decided against taking them on. If Cameron changes his mind I'll certainly run bikes for him but I'm not going to rush into anything else," Craig openly admitted.

When quizzed about the potential of running Cypriot based Scottish ace Keith Amor on his Honda Superbike – now that he has announced Supertwin and Supersport plans for his return to racing at the TT – Craig was unequivocal with his response.

"We've been there before with Keith. No we will not be running him this year at the TT."

This weekend, the Comber Motorcycle Show takes place in First Comber Church Hall, with proceeds going to the Injured Riders' Fund. The show runs from 5pm through to 10pm on Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday with Mar-Train Racing's Alastair Seeley heading up a star-studded chat show line-up on the Friday evening.

The Royal Hotel in Cookstown will host a '40 Years of Magic Moments' film show with well known road racing videographers Alwyn and Colin James, this Friday from 8pm.

Guests include Len Ireland, Cecil Crawford, Con Law, Ian McGregor, Noel Hudson and Billy McCosh.

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