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Adam McLean will sit out the Isle of Man TT after McAdoo Racing team’s shock withdrawal

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Lost time: Adam McLean hasn’t had much track time this season. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Lost time: Adam McLean hasn’t had much track time this season. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

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Lost time: Adam McLean hasn’t had much track time this season. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Adam McLean will miss the Isle of Man TT after Northern Ireland’s McAdoo Racing team made the decision to skip the event and focus on competing on home soil for the rest of the year.

McLean, one of the sport’s leading prospects, made his debut at the event in 2017, finishing as the top newcomer. He returned in 2018 in the McAdoo Racing colours but was forced out the following year after a crash at the Tandragee 100 left him injured for most of the season.

His preparations for the 2022 TT have not gone according to plan, with the 26-year-old missing Tandragee after sustaining a concussion in a crash at the Cookstown 100, while McLean and the McAdoo team endured a miserable week at the North West 200.

Yesterday, Jason McAdoo said the decision to sit out the TT had been agreed with McLean and cited a lack of preparation as the key reason behind the shock announcement.

“We have decided as a team to sit out the 2022 TT races due to a lack of track time so far this season,” he said.

“Adam’s two crashes at the Cookstown and subsequent concussion meant we also missed the Tandragee.

“This left us behind the eight-ball at the North West 200 and with a number of set-up issues there we decided along with Adam to miss this year’s event.

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“Adam hasn’t raced there since 2018 and that was his first proper attempt at the Mountain Course. We felt under-prepared — and the TT is just too intense in these circumstances.

“We have decided to stay at home and race locally for the remainder of the season, both on short circuits and the roads.”

While the Cookstown-based McAdoo team will miss out, there was positive news for Northern Ireland’s Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team, who welcome back Mike Browne from injury.

The Cork man broke his ankles in a crash at Cookstown and missed Tandragee and the North West 200 as a result, but Browne is set to take his place on Glencrutchery Road tomorrow as opening TT practice gets under way.

“Mike has done everything possible to be ready for the TT and thankfully it has paid off,” said John Burrows.

“While we had some great results with our stand-in riders at the Tandragee and North West, it is good to have Mike back as he is our sole rider for the 2022 season.

“It’s only really his second year at the TT so there is no pressure on Mike and if he can improve on his lap times from 2019 and finish the races we will be more than happy. I’m glad it has worked itself out after a stressful month or two.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan Rea will compete in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan from August 5-7 as part of the factory Kawasaki team alongside Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam.

The event returns for the first time since 2019 following successive cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rea previously won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2012 and again in 2019.


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