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Adam McLean is back on track with a Cookstown 100 dream double

Cookstown victories make it a memorable return after long-term injury


Adam McLean leads the way as he rides to victory in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100, Ireland’s only road race of 2020

Adam McLean leads the way as he rides to victory in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100, Ireland’s only road race of 2020

Adam McLean leads the way as he rides to victory in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100, Ireland’s only road race of 2020

The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 may have been Ireland's only road race this year, but Adam McLean made sure it was an event that he will always remember.

On board the McAdoo Kawasaki, the Man of the Meeting had a superb day on their home circuit, taking wins in the Supersport and Supertwin races.

He also became the fastest Supertwin rider ever around the 2.1mile Orritor Circuit.

McLean said: "It's a huge thank you to the McAdoo family and our hard-working team who stuck by me after suffering a bad injury at Tandragee in 2019.

"It is also a massive thanks to the Cookstown Club for sticking with it and using their foresight to put this meeting on against all the odds."

The sole road race this year also saw Derek Sheils take his Roadhouse Macau BMW to victory in the only Superbike race to run with the feature Cookstown 100 race called off due to a deterioration in weather conditions.

McLean took his first win in the seven-lap Supersport race which he led from start to finish, although he was harried throughout by Paul Jordan and Darryl Tweed, who battled ferociously for second position

At the chequered flag McLean was 0.811sec clear of Tweed, who set the fastest lap of 88.361mph on lap five to snatch second by a second from Jordan.

Tweed had received a call-up from the McAdoo team to partner McLean in the six-lap re-started Supertwin race and he didn't disappoint beating off a challenge for second position from Irish champion Michael Sweeney, 0.061sec separating them at the chequered flag.

However, it was McLean in charge setting a new lap record of 84.321mph on lap three, extending his winning margin over his new team mate to 3.733secs.

Tweed's day didn't end so well, crashing out of the Lightweight Supersport race won by Stephen Tobin.

In the Open race, McLean slipped off on the opening lap bringing out the red flag. On the restart, without McLean, Stephen McKnight high-sided out of the action, again bringing out the red flags.

Reduced to five laps, McLean made the second restart, but it was Sheils, from pole position, who led with Michael Sweeney in his slipstream for four of the five laps.

On the final lap Sheils, with the fastest lap of the day at 90.662mph, had 2secs to spare over the Skerries rider with Mullingar's Thomas Maxwell making a Southern 1-2-3 with McLean securing fourth 0.356sec ahead of Neil Kernohan.

Vinny Brennan and Michael Gillan were comfortable winners of the Senior and Junior Support races while Barry Davidson won both the 350cc and 500cc Classic races to move him into second position in the all-time winners list at Cookstown on 16 wins, 10 behind Ryan Farquhar.

Magherafelt's Paul Jordan riding his brothers 125ccGP Honda won the Moto3/125GP seven lap race by two seconds from Nigel Moore on his M3 Honda.

Maybe the Cookstown Club has now paved the way for other sports governing bodies and medical experts to follow their lead and allow spectators back to events.

Meanwhile Lee Johnston (Ashcourt R6 Yamaha) retained the Scarborough Gold Cup beating Dean Harrison into second position by 0.2sec during the 68th running of this prestigious event.

With Harrison's Silicone Engineering team sitting out this season he rode a Dafabet Devitt 600cc Kawasaki for the RC Express Team.

Meanwhile, Franco Morbidelli won his maiden MotoGP with victory in San Marino. The Italian is the fourth rider to win his first grand prix in six races to date with countryman Andrea Dovizioso taking the lead of the championship.

Italy's Francesco Bagnaia came second, while Spaniard Joan Mir was third.

Dovizioso finished seventh to move six points above Fabio Quartararo in the overall standings after the Frenchman crashed out.


STEELWELD OPEN SUPERBIKE: 1 D Sheils (BMW); 2 M Sweeney (BMW) +2.142s; 3 T Maxwell (Kawasaki) +9.245s; 4 A McLean (Kawasaki) +12.030s; 5 N Kernohan (Yamaha) +12.386s; 6 M Browne (Yamaha 600) +18.546s; 7 P Jordan (Suzuki) +25.545s.

MID ULSTER DISTRICT COUNCIL SUPERSPORT: 1 A McLean (Kawasaki); 2 D Tweed (Yamaha) +0.811s; 3 P Jordan (Yamaha) +1.015s; 4 M Browne (Yamaha) +5.123s; 5 M Sweeney (Yamaha) +8.370s; 6 N Kernohan (Yamaha) +25.397s.

LOUGHRAN COMMERCIALS SUPERTWIN: 1 A McLean (Kawasaki); 2 D Tweed (Kawasaki) +3.733s; 3 M Sweeney (Kawasaki) +3.794s; 4 S McKnight (Suzuki) +33.435s; 5 V Brennan (Kawasaki) +51.567s; 6 M Johnston (Kawasaki) +53.848s.

BRAESIDE BAR & RESTAURANT MOTO3/125: 1 P Jordan (Honda 125); 2 N Moore (Honda M3) +1.972s; 3 G Kennedy (Honda 125) +26.125s; 4 C Meyer (Honda 125) +30.542s.

SUPER SEAL WINDOWS SENIOR SUPPORT: 1 V Brennan (Suzuki); 2 P Swords (Suzuki) +2.187s; 3 K Ryan (Triumph) +3.665s; 4 R Whitehall (Yamaha) +3.761s; 5 L Trainor (Yamaha) +8.428s; 6 J O'Donovan (Yamaha) +16.513s.

GREENVALE HOTEL JUNIOR SUPPORT: 1 M Gillan (Suzuki); 2 M Johnston (Kawasaki) +4.583s; 3 A Lillis (Suzuki) +30.245s; 4 A Hatch (Suzuki) +38.973s.

Belfast Telegraph