Belfast Telegraph

Brian McCormack signs for KMR

By Paul Lindsay

Adelaide Masters' Irish Superbike champion Brian McCormack is the latest name to hook up with Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki team.

The Waterford man is a top local performer on the short circuits but will concentrate his efforts with Farquhar's team on the international road racing scene – at the likes of the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix on Superstock and Superbike Kawasakis.

McCormack will also compete in the red and white liveried Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki machinery on the national road racing scene with his first outing expected to be at the Cookstown 100 on April 27th – the first 'between the hedges' meeting of the year.

Obviously delighted at landing such a top deal, the big Waterford man said: "I'm over the moon to be joining Ryan and his team and it's a tremendous opportunity for me, and one I intend to firmly grasp with both hands."

Adding: "I know how hard Ryan works and how meticulous he is with bike preparation.

"So I'm thrilled to be getting the chance to ride the bikes he's won so much on. This will be my third full season on the roads and with Ryan's knowledge, expertise, advice and machinery, I'm confident of improving even further and moving up the leader board."

The 29-year-old, who was struggling to secure a ride before linking up with KMR, will now join the growing list of riders in the Farquhar stable, riding alongside youngsters Jamie Hamilton, Connor Behan and James Cowton.

Team owner Farquhar, admitted that he is hugely motivated by his new signing, and believes the Irishman can raise the bar and take his results to the next level this season.

"He's proven himself on the roads this past couple of seasons and is going from strength to strength," was Farquhar's initial summing up, before adding: "It's good to have rider with his profile in the team and he'll ensure we have a really strong presence in the 1000cc class."

Meanwhile, Manxman Gavin Hunt, a close friend of World Superbike star Jonathan Rea, has announced that he will be making his Isle of Man TT debut this June.

The name Hunt is synonymous with the TT Races, as Gavin's father is Paul competed at the event for many years and is a former Senior Manx Grand Prix winner.

The 26-year-old will compete on a ZX-10R Kawasaki in the Dainese Superbike, Royal London 360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races.

Despite no official announcement from the WSB star, racing under the JAR banner indicates that Jonathan Rea is possibly his main backer.

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