Paul Jordan’s talent shines through to cause a stir on borrowed bike
The surprise package of Thursday’s Supersport race was 28-year-old Paul Jordan.
The Magherafelt man qualified on the third row of the grid but by lap three was right in the wheel tracks of the leading quartet of Lee Johnston, Dean Harrison, Alastair Seeley and James Hillier, with Michael Dunlop close behind in sixth.
More startling was that Jordan was riding a Logan Racing machine borrowed at the last minute from Ballymena competitor Neill Kernohan after his normal mount became unavailable for the North West.
Unfortunately, he was forced to retire at Mill Road Roundabout on the penultimate lap.
“There was a strange noise coming from the engine and I didn’t want to do any more damage to the Logan Yamaha than was already done,” Jordan said.
He had made his mark with the second fastest lap of the race at 116.559mph on the second lap, only race winner Johnston lapped faster by a mere 0.037sec.
Jordan’s talent has never been in question, finishing third in the Cookstown 100 Supersport race and fifth in the feature race on Alastair Russell’s Yamaha.
It was during last year’s Ulster Grand Prix that Jordan leapt into the spotlight when he replaced the injured Ivan Lintin in the RC Express Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki team and finished fourth in the curtailed Superbike race and sixth in the Superstock and Supersport races and joined the 130mph Club with a 131.148mph lap in the Superstock race.
“My best result at the North West was in the 2017 Supertwin race with a ninth, but Thursday’s tenth I wasn’t far off Jamie Coward, Daley Mathison and Derek Sheils and I will look to better that today,” he added.