Magherafelt man Paul Jordan said he felt like he’d ‘been in the ring with Carl Frampton’ following a massive crash at the opening round of the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship.
The 30-year-old was competing at Mondello Park in Co Kildare for the first time in 15 years last weekend, where he started off with a podium in the first Supersport race on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Yamaha.
However, the Ulster Grand Prix winner came a cropper in race two as he pushed hard at the beginning of the race to stay with the leading group.
Fortunately, Jordan – who will be one of the leading contenders at this month’s Armoy Road Races from July 30-31 – escaped without any broken bones.
His team worked frantically to prepare his bike for the third and final race at Mondello, but Jordan was forced to pull out.
“I was just pushing on at the start of the second race because I’d been too sluggish on the opening laps of the first race, and I wanted to get away with the leaders,” Jordan said.
“But it caught me out and I had a massive high-side. ‘Micko’ Sweeney said I must’ve gone about 10ft in the air, but it was all over so quickly.
“I took a bit of a battering but thankfully I don’t think I’ve broken anything.
“But I feel as though I’ve done a few rounds with Carl Frampton!”
Jordan, though, felt there were positives he could take from the weekend – his crash in race two aside.
“Yeah, it was positive overall because I hadn’t raced at Mondello in 15 years,” he said.
“I was actually riding ‘125s’ the last time I raced there when I was only 15-years-old, so to be on the pace and get a podium in the first race wasn’t bad.
“It was a good run out with the team and now I’m hoping to get more time on the big bike before Armoy, because you cannot expect to go there and challenge at the front otherwise.
“We have a test planned at Kirkistown and I will focus on the big bike because that’s where I need to make the most progress.”
Jordan’s team-mate, Cork man Mike Browne, also finished on the rostrum at Mondello for John Burrows’ Dungannon-based team, taking a third and runner-up finish in the Supersport class.
Tobermore’s Adam McLean won the first race and finished as the runner-up in race two.