Manxman Dan Kneen will join Jackson Racing to contest Supersport races at this year’s international road events.
The Braddan-based rider will campaign the Honda CBR600RR at the Isle of Man TT, the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Southern 100 with selected outings also pencilled in at some short circuit meetings.
The now 30-year old joined the team at the eleventh hour at last year’s Isle of Man TT event, taking over the ride vacated by Lee Johnston and, despite never having sat on the bike until the opening night of practice week, he put in a storming ride to finish in eighth place.
“I’ve always enjoyed riding in the Supersport class so I’m pleased to be riding for Jackson Racing alongside Tyco BMW in 2018. Last year’s ride at the TT was all very last minute and we didn’t get much practice time due to the weather,” said Kneen.
“I was also spending a lot of time on the big bikes but the team did a great job in preparing the little Honda so I’m looking forward to being back with them. We didn’t really have any expectations last year but although I got the pit lane penalty, we took a good eighth place and I was delighted to record my best ever 600cc lap.”
“That shows the potential of the bike and there’s definitely plenty more to come particularly as we’ll have plenty of miles under our belt both in pre-season testing and in practice. It’s great to have the ride secured as you don’t want to be missing out on races your rivals may be competing in and I’m confident we’ll pick up some good results and have a strong year together.”