Dan Kneen will be setting out to turn around his challenging 2016 road racing campaign at next month’s Ulster Grand Prix.
The Mar-Train Racing rider was forced to miss the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races after breaking his arm in a mountain bike crash in May, something made all the more bitter by the fact he’d taken victory with the YZF-R1 at Tandragee just weeks previous to the crash
Returning to action for the first time at last week’s Southern 100, Kneen was overjoyed to return to the podium alongside the dominant Michael Dunlop.
“Breaking one arm and badly hurting the other one was a massive blow, it was like a bad dream to be honest,” he said. “It’s been really tough just sitting on the sidelines missing out on so much action, especially since things were going so well with the bikes and the new team.
“As a Manxman, the TT was particularly hard to miss, but the arm is healed now. I’ve had a good run out at the Southern 100, I was very happy with my third place finish and now I can’t wait to get back to the Ulster.
“I’m loving being with the Mar-Train guys and both bikes are going great. I used the opportunity of being over at the Ulster launch to get some time on the bikes ahead of both the Southern 100 and Dundrod and that went well, my aim has been to get back to speed as quickly as possible.
“A win at the Ulster would really be amazing and I’d like to be able to do it for the team after spending too much of the season on the sidelines. I’m going out there for a strong finish,” he added.
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