Adam McLean will make his road racing return at Armoy at the end of this month after parting ways with McAdoo Racing.
The Tobermore man is running his own effort for the rest of this season after purchasing a Yamaha R6 for the Supersport class. McLean will also ride a Kawasaki Supertwin at Armoy from July 29-30, with the County Antrim meeting once again sponsored by the Bayview Hotel.
He rode at the Pre-TT Classic Races at the Billown course on the Isle of Man last month, earning a best result of fourth on the Ripley Land Racing 350 Honda.
However, Armoy will be McLean’s first road racing appearance against familiar rivals since the North West 200 in May. He sat out the Isle of Man TT in a joint decision with the McAdoo team a few weeks before they went their separate ways.
The 26-year-old plans to compete at the Ulster Superbike round at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit in County Down in a few weeks’ time in preparation for his Irish road racing return.
“I made the decision to go my own way and I wish McAdoo Racing all the best,” said McLean, who also missed the Tandragee 100 prior to the NW200 with a concussion following a crash at the Cookstown 100.
“I’ve bought a Yamaha R6 and we’ll do the Ulster Superbike round at Bishopscourt before Armoy. I’ll also be riding a Supertwin and we’re getting that sorted. I want a steady run for the rest of the season and the main thing is to enjoy my racing again.
“I’m not sure what we’ll do after Armoy because it will depend on whatever budget is available. I’m looking to try and get a sponsor for the rest of the season and we’ll look at options after Armoy.”
The Irish national road racing season continues this weekend with the Country Crest Skerries 100 in County Dublin, where practice gets under way today (roads close 12pm-8.30pm).
Nine-time winner Derek Sheils leads the line-up on his Roadhouse Macau BMW along with fellow Republic of Ireland rider Michael Sweeney. Cork’s Mike Browne is another top contender for the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team, while Ballymoney man Darryl Tweed will ride a 600 Honda for Wilson Craig Racing.
Michael Dunlop is in action at the second round of the IRRC at Imatra in Finland.