Amor fired up for Tandragee return

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RigDeluge Road Racing’s Keith Amor is fired up for his return to the Tandragee 100 this weekend after a successful pre-season testing program culminating in the Scotsman taking a double win at his home circuit of Knockhill last week.

“Knockhill’s a very special circuit for me as it’s where my career started and everyone involved in the running of the meetings are fantastic people so it was nice to get some good track time under my belt this weekend. It’s still very early in the season but the International road races are just around the corner and whilst we’re still fine tuning the set-up of the bikes, the team’s coming together really well and we’re in good shape.”

“We got some much needed track time this weekend on the Superstock bike and I really enjoyed the weekend. Once I’d got to the front, I managed to open up a bit of a gap in each of the races and take a couple of good wins but it felt good to be out there racing again after such a long lay off. I’m obviously a bit rusty and we’ve a big test coming up this next weekend at the Tandragee but we’ve got the first race under our belts now and the build up to the North West 200 and TT is heading in the right direction.”

However, before a return to Tandragee this weekend, the Scotsman travelled all the way south to Castle Combe in Wiltshire, testing his CBR600 alongside Honda Racing at a Dunlop tyre test.

With a positive day’s feedback from the test, he says he’s now looking forward to a return to the Irish national racing battles he’s enjoyed in the past with riders like Ryan Farquhar.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting with some of my old partners from the superbike class again, although I don’t think we’ll be riding superbikes. I’ll be on a superstocker, Ryan will be on a stocker – we’re all still trying to get our superbikes dialled in, and I’ll bring mine with me just in case but I can’t see me riding it.

“I love the supersport bike though, and we’ve got it working really well with both the Ohlins suspension and the Dunlop tyres. Hopefully it’ll be good for the roads, but I guess only time will tell!

“Tandragee will be a good test for us though – if you can get a bike working around there, it should work everywhere else too. Again, though, only time will tell, but hopefully we’ll get the weather to find out!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer