Sunflower Trophy Races, Adam McLean.
Its hard to believe that one of our brightest stars on both circuits and roads , has only raced at the Sunflower Once!, and that was back in 2011!!!
Yes, Tobermore rider, Adam McLean who has produced some excellent results both on circuits and roads, only raced here in the 125 class in 2011, taking a brace of third placings, and this was in his first year of racing!!
This year, McLean put in some scintillating performances at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, and was also top newcomer at this years Isle of Man TT races.
However in recent months, Adam has been concentrating on getting mileage on his MSS Performance /A&B Installations ZX10 Kawasaki, along with a few track days, McLean raced the bike in anger for the first time at Kirkistown, taking a third and fourth placings!
A return to Bishopscourt after being away for three years, McLean took another 4th placing!
Adam is one of these young riders who looks to the future and rather than taking this machine to the roads, he has been patient to get as much track time on the bike and do a few races on circuits, as , so he can get the bike to his liking, I want to gain as much knowledge and get as much understanding of how to ride a superbike fast! so when it comes to the roads, he will have a machine that he is fully comfortable with.
Explaining why it was a last minute decision to do the Sunflower, Adam told me “ Bottom line, is getting more track time, whether its wet or dry, it is still valuable experience for me, Im not looking for any results, just valuable race experience on the big bike!
I’ve only rode my zx10 twice before. First time at kirkistown where I came away with a 3rd and 4th and got my laptimes into the 55s which I was very happy with for the first time riding it.
Second time was at bishopscourt which was in fact the first time id raced at bishopscourt in over 3 years. We came away with a 4th place finish and unfortunately a dnf due to sliding off at the final corner.
Looking ahead to a last minute decision to race at the sunflower I won’t be aiming for any results at all. Simply there to try to improve set up with the zx10 and hopefully gain some more knowledge about what it takes to ride a superbike fast
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