Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Dan Kneen at the Ulster Grand Prix

Manxman Dan is back in the saddle

Picture by Pacemaker Press Internation
After making a full recovery from back injuries sustained in a smash at the Isle of Man TT in June, Wemoto sponsored Dan Kneen was back and riding well at the Ulster Grand Prix last weekend. After 8 weeks off to recover, he came back in full fighting form and bagged plenty of great finishes in Ulster, increasing his personal best lap around the 7.4 mile venue to 129.401 mph - obviously no confidence problems being back on the track after his time off!  

Windy city

Dan started as he meant to go on at the Ulster Grand Prix and delivered a sturdy and effective performance in the qualifiers. Unusually for this year the weather was ideal apart from some frisky cross winds which necessitated caution at speed. Here's how the races went for him...


Dan made an excellent start in the 6 lap Superstock race and cruised from 11th on the grid to 9th and then to 7th. He engaged in an exciting battle with 4 other racers for 5th, entering the final lap in 6th place, eventually settling for 8th at the end.


Dan found his place in this race early on and didn't let anyone pass him in 7th place for 4 laps where the race was stopped and the result declared at the end of the 3rd lap.


The first Superbike raced followed on over 7 laps and Dan made a flying start taking him straight up to 7th place with his personal best lap of 129.401mph. He then increased his lead battling up to 5th place but then, in his efforts to gain more speed, he overshot at Cochranstown on the penultimate lap and had his first and only retirement of the day.

And then...

Racing on to the end of the day he landed 8th place in the 2nd Supersport race and ended the day on another strong 7th place in the final Superbike race with more 129+ laps

In his own words:

Here's how the 25 year old Manxman rated his performance: "I'm happy enough with how the week's gone and although you always want more as a rider, I've got to be pleased with the results after such a long lay-off. I would have liked to have broken the 130mph barrier on the Superbike but four top 8 finishes at the Ulster GP isn't a bad return. Apart from overshooting one of the road ends in the first Superbike race, I didn't have any issues and we've made more progress with the bikes this week."

"It was nice to have some good weather and that allowed me to make a lot of improvements to all three of the bikes and although there's a bit of work
 still to be done on them, I'm getting there all the time and the plan now
 for the rest of the season is to keep making a few tweaks here and there and ensure everything's 100% for the beginning of 2013. I had some good battles in the races and I think the results could have been slightly better as I got held up in a couple of them, which allowed the front group to make a bit of a break but, overall, it's been a good week so thanks to everyone
involved who's helped me get back on track and hopefully, we can now have a strong run of results and end the year on a high."

Next stop for Dan?

Wemoto sponsored Marks Bloom Racer Dan is now heading off to his home territory for the Manx Grand Prix which has Wemoto as one of its sponsors this year. Dan will be giving his best on a GSXR750 Suzuki in the Post Classic Superbike race at the Manx.  Wemoto are sponsoring Dan and the Manx Grand Prix and Jurby Festival this year so follow the link if you want more information about what's going to be happening at this great event....


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