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Jordan keen to win UGP fitness battle

 

Clear aim: Paul Jordan
Clear aim: Paul Jordan

By Stephen Davison

Magherafelt's Paul Jordan is determined to be fit for the 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix after suffering a broken thumb during a meeting in Anglesey in June.

The Dafabet/Devitt's Kawasaki rider has had an operation on the damaged hand and is confident he will be ready to race at Dundrod between August 5-10.

"I want to be racing at Armoy the week before the Ulster," Jordan explained.

The injury has been a blow to the 28-year-old, who had been enjoying some impressive results in 2019 before the Welsh crash.

But it was Jordan's performance in the opening Supersport race at the North West 200 in May that really highlighted his potential, coming home in fourth.

It was a similarly impressive ride at last year's UGP that sealed the deal for Jordan with the Dafabet/Devitt's Kawasaki squad. Drafted in to replace the injured Ivan Lintin, Jordan took two fifth-place finishes in the Supersport and Superstock races and a brilliant fourth in the Superbike race.

"Dundrod is fast and flowing and that suits my style," Jordan explained. "I've done a lot of short circuit racing in my career and I prefer that type of track."

Jordan will once again campaign a Superstock-spec ZX10RR Kawasaki in both the Superbike and Stocker races at the Ulster plus an ER6 Kawasaki in the Supertwin class. He will also race his R6 Yamaha in Dafabet/Devitt's colours at Dundrod after deciding to switch from the team's ZX6RR.

"I feel I have a good chance in the 600cc race at the Ulster," he said. "I've been going well on the Supertwin too this year, and even on the big bike I think there is potential for a podium finish."

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