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Aghadowey rider McGlinchey tipped to shine as he steps onto Superstock stage


Revved up: Eunan McGlinchey is set for National Superstock bid
Revved up: Eunan McGlinchey is set for National Superstock bid

By Roy Harris

Eunan McGlinchey and his British Junior Supersport-winning Team 109 have secured Kawasaki UK support as they step up to the Pirelli National Superstock Championship in 2019 with the new and improved Kawasaki ZX-6R 636.

Alongside McGlinchey in Team 109 Kawasaki will be 16-year-old Bangor rider Curtis Trimble and 14-year-old James McManus from Randalstown, who will be competing on Kawasaki Ninja 400s in the Junior Supersport Championship.

McGlinchey made his mark in his first season on the British scene, scoring eight wins and five second places in 19 races on his way to the Junior Supersport Championship.

In the 16 races he finished he was never off the podium, a sequence of results that has seen the 20-year-old from Aghadowey short-listed among the 10 riders in contention for the Cornmarket Motorcyclist of the Year award.

This full Team Green backing is the final piece in Team 109's jigsaw for the 2019 season, and team manager Paul Tobin said: "We are delighted to have Eunan riding with us again, moving up to a very competitive class and learning to ride the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636.

"Confidence is high and he's hungry for more. I've no doubt his talent can see him push towards the front of the class."

Trimble has come through the Youth Motocross and Mini Bike route to the short circuit scene and will be tackling BSB for the first time.

The latest of the McManus family, James, had three races in British Junior Supersport this year, showcasing his talent with points-scoring rides.

New Kawasaki British Superbike contender Glenn Irwin has been a mentor of Team 109 and commented: "It is great to see Team Green supporting young riders from Ireland."

At the Monteblanco Circuit in Spain yesterday, Honda Racing's new British Superbike Championship riders Andrew Irwin and Xavi Fores tested the Fireblade machines they will race in 2019.

The two-day event is the only chance they'll get to try out the Hondas ahead of the BSB testing ban that starts in January.

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