Belfast Telegraph

Champ Nally back in saddle for Masters ride

By Paul Lindsay

The Adelaide Masters Series makes its annual trip north of the border today for rounds 10 and 11 at Bishopscourt Race Circuit near Downpatrick, with reigning champion Cody Nally back on the grid - having secured a late entry on the Kenny Kawasaki, which he campaigned with great success in 2014.

Nally had secured a dream ride in the British Superstock 1000cc class this season with MWR Kawasaki, but after sustaining a shoulder injury at the opening round at Donington Park, he was expected to miss a large chunk of the 2015 season and has since been release by Mark Webster's team.

The Athlone lad, who completed a clean sweep of all four local Superbike titles last season, is obviously made of tougher stuff than most, and his delighted to be returning to action after just over four months on the sidelines.

The reigning Irish Superbike, Adelaide Masters; Ulster and Southern Centre Superbike champion said of his return: "I basically contacted Alan Kenny to see if I would be able to rent his bike for a one-off meeting, but he is generously letting me ride it with no charge, which I'm very thankful to him for. It's just a one-off meeting but I have to say a big thanks to Alan."

Today's Masters' Superbike line-up looks likely to be the strongest of the year, with current series leader and in-form BikeBitsNI pilot Derek Sheils being joined on the grid by former Irish champions Gerard Kinghan and Ryan Rainey - who is only back in the saddle after an eight-year sabbatical.

Despite not being fully fit, Nally will expect to take the challenge to the aforementioned stars who are looking to steal in for his crown, but admitted it will not be an easy task at Bishopscourt.

"I really don't know what to expect this weekend. The bike's good enough to win, but if I'm very honest, I'm not sure how strong my shoulder is since my crash," he said. Race action at Bishopscourt gets under way at 11am.

The MotoGP circus makes its way to Brno in the Czech Republic for round 11 this weekend, and in the opening free practice sessions yesterday, Toomebridge lad Eugene Laverty was 21st, some 1.7sec down on the leading Open class machine of Hector Barbera. Tomorrow's MotoGP race is at 1pm UK time.

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