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Major crash has not put me off UGP, reveals Todd

Road warrior: Davey Todd is relishing his Dundrod return
Road warrior: Davey Todd is relishing his Dundrod return

By Roy Harris

Englishman Davey Todd cannot wait to get back to the fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod, where practice begins a week tomorrow - despite a 150mph crash at the top of the Deer's Leap last year, from which he was lucky to escape serious injury.

The 23-year old from Saltburn on Sea in north Yorkshire said: "Last year didn't end on a good note, but it hasn't put me off at all.

"It is very fast through the top of the Leap, going back one gear to fifth hardly using any brake. I wasn't doing anything different than I had before, but a big gust of wind caught me and blew me off line."

Undeterred by the incident, Todd added: "I love Dundrod, I love the fast corners and the flowing nature of the circuit and I can't wait to get back on track."

The former British Supermoto Championship runner-up and British Junior Superstock competitor has been a sensation since making his road racing debut at Skerries in 2017, going on to finish second in the Dundrod 150 National race behind Joey Thompson a month later.

Further impressive outings caught the eye of John Burrows, team boss of the then BE/Cookstown team (now BE/RK Racing), and he quickly signed Todd for a full road campaign in 2018.

Todd repaid Burrows' faith in him with outstanding performances last year, becoming the fastest newcomer at the 2018 North West 200 and Southern 100, the second fastest newcomer at the Isle of Man TT, lapping Dundrod at 132.605mph during his Ulster Grand Prix debut on a Superbike, and also finishing fourth in Superbike and Supersport, plus a respectable fifth in Supertwins.

With almost all the major road race teams chasing his signature for 2019, the talented rider signed deals to race for Wepol Penz13.com BMW in Superbike and Superstock plus Milenco by Padgetts Honda in Supersport.

The North West 200 in May saw Todd score his first international road race win in the Saturday Supersport race on the Milenco by Padgetts Honda.

He then went to the TT and lapped at 131.491mph on the Penz13 BMW on his way to a sixth-place finish in the Senior TT in June.

Todd said: "The Penz team is really experienced and knows how everything works at this level. Team owner Rico Penzkofer has raced at the North West and TT, plus my mechanic Benny Jerzenback has stood on the podium at the North West. It is good to have that experience behind me."

Although unable to get their hands on the new 2019 specification BMW, as ridden by Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman, the team know they have a strong package in the older model that holds the outright TT lap record.

Todd has been competing in the European-based International Road Race Championship and currently leads the Superbike series, coming to Dundrod off the back of a double victory at Chimay in Belgium last weekend.

He has also taken in Supermoto and Motocross meetings to stay race fit.

"I don't want to create too much expectation for myself, but I know what I am capable of," revealed Todd.

"I'm coming to Dundrod to win, but I won't lay everything on the line to do it. I wasn't far away from Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison last year, but this is my second year on a Superbike at Dundrod, I'm still learning.

"I am not at the stage to push 100% just yet."

He is certainly capable of ruffling the feathers of Hickman, Harrison, Conor Cummins and company. Who would bet against him scoring his first UGP win?

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