Belfast Telegraph

Elkin can have a Super time at the Ulster Grand Prix


By Roy Harris

Riding under the Bob Wylie Racing banner, Christian Elkin - who is based in Co. Antrim - is confident about his chances in the Plant Lubrication (NI) Ultra Lightweight and Maxwell Freight Supertwin classes at the forthcoming MCE Ulster Grand Prix.

However, he admits it is in the Supersport races that he would really like to see a result.

Elkin, a former double British 125cc champion, brought his short circuit form to the roads and won the North West 200 250cc race on his debut in 2007.

Having moved from Macclesfield to Randalstown, Elkin is well known for his ability on his Moto3 Honda after winning at Dundrod for the last two years. He has also won at Armoy three times.

He has yet to achieve the same level of success in the international Supersport category, something he would like to make right next month thanks to a new Kawasaki ZX-6R.

The 36-year-old said: "Preparations for Dundrod are going great. I've got my Dynocentre NI ER650 Supertwin and Bob Wylie's Moto3 Honda that I'm fairly confident on.

"I'm especially excited about the Supersport class as we've traded in the Triumph we raced for a nice new Kawasaki. It is still early enough in its development, but it will be up to speed for Dundrod.

"I was inside the top 10 in both Supersport races last year, eighth being my best finish, but I would like to do better this time. There is a lot of competition in this particular class but I plan to give it my best shot. A top three would be the ultimate, but top five would be an improvement."

Elkin has been an Irish and Ulster short circuit champion in the Moto3, Supertwin and Supersport classes, but sees the Ulster Grand Prix as his main event this year - although he admits it is a struggle coming up against factory teams as he doesn't have the same funds.

He said: "We have one bike and one engine, one shot to get it right. I love the Dundrod track, it's my favourite. It has a mix of fast flowing corners that you're proper tucked in for, flat out top gear bends, hairpins and the jump at the Deers Leap, it's just awesome."

Although he is targeting Supersport success, Elkin remains passionate about the Ultra Lightweight and Lightweight classes.

He added: "The news that Bruce Anstey is bringing the 250cc Honda to Dundrod for the first time is a big boost for the smaller classes, he will be pretty much untouchable out there on an ex-GP machine.

"In the Ultra Lightweight class we are going from two or three Moto3 machines in NI to about a dozen now, plus there are GB riders and ones from further afield coming to the UGP. It should be interesting racing."

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course, said: "Christian seems quietly confident about his new Supersport machinery and he'll have two chances to prove himself. The entry list for both the Charles Hurst Motorcycles Dundrod 150 and MCE UGP is pretty interesting this year.

"We have more newcomers than ever before which is great, and I think we'll see a field that is more open than ever for challengers to claim their place in Grand Prix history."

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