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Revved up: Eunan McGlinchey is set for National Superstock bid

Revved up: Eunan McGlinchey is set for National Superstock bid

Revved up: Eunan McGlinchey is set for National Superstock bid

Friday's confirmation of a restart date for the World Superbike Championship has given young prospect Eunan McGlinchey an extra spring in his step.

The 2018 British Junior Supersport champion has been patiently waiting to make his debut at world-level in the Supersport 300 series after the coronavirus outbreak brought the season to a sudden halt.

McGlinchey had been gearing up for his first race at Jerez in Spain in March but will now finally have the chance to return to competitive action at the same circuit at the end of July.

The Supersport 300 series runs in tandem with the World Superbike Championship, with Jerez up first on the revised calendar from July 31 to August 2.

The British round at Donington Park remains in doubt, but Team 109 Kawasaki rider McGlinchey is simply relieved that a start date is finally in sight after months of uncertainty.

"At least we're at a point now that we have a date to work towards, so we can try and get some testing done and be ready to go," he said.

"We'll be looking to get out to Spain for some testing soon and hopefully I'll do a private test in the next week or two before going to Spain.

"It's maybe unlikely that we'll get to do the British round, although I'd love to be able to go there. There are some gaps in the schedule, so maybe they will be able to slot it in somewhere."

It was also announced on Friday that an additional race has been added to each round of the Supersport 300 Championship, offering riders two bites at the cherry every race weekend.

McGlinchey said: "It's another race for us and the way I look at it is the more racing, the better. If you have a bad first race then at least you have another race to make up for it.

"I think the calendar we have now will be all the racing that we get, but anything is a bonus because at one stage we didn't know if we'd get any.

"If we have those eight rounds and two races at each, then that's definitely a worthy Championship and I won't be complaining. I'll be trying my hardest to do myself proud and I hope we can be up at the sharp end."

Five-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and fellow Northern Ireland rider Eugene Laverty will also be counting down to the resumption of racing at Jerez in July.

2020 World Superbike calendar:

Jerez, Spain - July 31-August 2; Portimao, Portugal - August 7-9; Aragon, Spain - August 28-30; Aragon, Spain - September 4-6; Catalunya, Spain - September 18-20; Magny-Cours, France - October 2-4; San Juan, Argentina - October 9-11 (TBC); Misano, Italy - November 6-8 (TBC). Awaiting decision: Donington Park, UK; Assen, The Netherlands; Losail, Qatar.

Belfast Telegraph