Manxman Cringle to make TT debut in 2020 - Bikesport News

Manxman Cringle to make TT debut in 2020

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Jamie Cringle will follow in a long line of talented Manxmen to compete in his home event with the Douglas rider set to make his debut at the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races.

The 22-year old will contest the two four-lap Monster Energy Supersport races on the KPC Construction & Groundworks Honda CBR600RR and will also compete in the Bennetts Lightweight TT race.

“Competing at the TT is something I’ve always wanted to do and with the racing I’ve done already, I now feel that the time is right to make my debut,” said Cringle.

“I like the idea of being out on the course on my own and doing my own thing, rather than being close to other riders in a mass start road race, so I’m looking forward to getting out on track and building up my experience.

“Obviously, I know the circuit well through living on the island and am always on some part of the circuit through work but, at the same time, I’m well aware it will be totally different once I’m out on the bike on closed roads.

“While I’ve been riding a 1000cc Suzuki up at Jurby, I feel the Supersport and Lightweight classes are the best ones to make my debut on.

“I’m only 22 so there’s no rush to get on the big bike and am simply looking to make the most of the track time available and constantly improve during the course of the fortnight.”

“I’m working hard in terms of my preparation and have done a number of laps with Nathan Harrison as well as watching as many on board laps as I can.

“I’ve also been speaking to Jason Griffiths quite a bit to get some valuable pointers and with more laps up and coming with Rider Liaison Officers Johnny Barton and Milky Quayle, I want to make sure I’m as ready as possible for when qualifying gets underway.”

Cringle, who began his racing career in 2017, has not finished outside the top three in either the Isle of Man Solo Centre or 600cc Championship, winning the latter in 2018 and finishing second in both last year when he regularly fought with Ryan Kneen, Michael Evans and brother Ryan.

He also enjoyed a strong season in the UK, when he contested the No Limits 600cc Pirelli Super Series on his 675cc Triumph, running in the top five for most of the year. He was third overall in the championship until he was forced to miss the last round after picking up an injury whilst training on his motocross bike.

Nevertheless, he still finished in a fine sixth overall with ten podiums during the course of the year at Cadwell Park, Anglesey, Donington Park and Snetterton. The second half of the season, in particular, saw him in great form with a run of eight podiums in ten races.

Cringle has been around motorbike racing from a young age, starting motocross racing as a five-year old, and he now feels the time is right to commence his road racing career and fulfil a childhood ambition of competing at the Isle of Man TT Races.

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