Jason Lynns celebrates his 23rd birthday by winning the 2019 Ulster Supersport Championship.
Lynn from Upperlands Co Londonderry was supposed to be competing in the 2019 Dickies BSB Supersport championship but things didn’t quite go to plan and after just three rounds of the British Championship he returned to home soil to race in the Ulster Supersport Championship which he had won in 2016,2017 and 2018.
At the beginning of the year he entered the opening round of the USBK championship at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit to blow off the winter cobwebs and get some track time prior to heading off across the water, winning both races.
While in England he missed three rounds, six races of the home championship and on his return was 100 points in arrears of championship leader Christian Elkin. He wasted no time in making his mark and showing his dominance an unbeaten run brought him firmly back into contention for the 2019 title.
As the season neared its end he went into Kirkistowns Crown Prince trophy races starting the day third in the championship 27 points behind the now leader Mark Conlin and 25 in arrears of second place Christian Elkin, but Conlin had a disastrous day crashing out of both races demoting him to third in the table and dashing his hopes of his first championship win, Lynn took full advantage of Conlins demise and notched up another two wins closing the deficit with Elkin.
With both riders on form a maximum of 150 points still on the table and only 15 points between them It looked like the season was going to go all the way to the final meeting at Eniskillen.
The two day David Wood meeting at Bishopscourt was to be the decider though. On Saturday Lynn continued his unbeaten run wining both the sprint races. In the second outing Elkins championship challenge was to come an end out when he was taken out on the third by Sam Laffins who attempted to make an impossible pass both riders crashed out heavily with Elkins bike being a total write off resulting in him being unable to continue in Sundays races.
On Sunday Lynn suffered his first and only defeat of the season when in difficult conditions he was beaten Kia McGreevy a rider known as a bit of a wet weather expert.
In the final race as conditions deteriorated it looked like McGreevy was going to hit Lynn another blow and win the David Wood Memorial Trophy, In the opening laps he stormed into a healthy lead as Lynn fell into the clutches of Jack Waring and Kyle Cross, as he battled with them and at one point dropped into third place behind Waring McGreevys lead extended, but in the closing laps McGreevy came across some back markers allowing the chasing trio to close in and back into contention. At one point Waring even took the lead. As the leaders crossed the line with four laps to go they were neck and neck heading into turn one four abreast, Lynn went wide and pulled off the pass of the season passing all three to take the lead a move that could have so easily resulted in him going from hero to zero in the treacherous conditions.
Once in front he stamped his authority, pulled the pin and it was game over as he once again showed his class taking the win by 5.6 seconds, a perfect end to his birthday weekend winning both the David Wood Memorial Trophy for the third time and earning enough points to lift his fourth consecutive Ulster Supersport Championship.
With the championship in the bag Jason is to sit out the final round at Enniskillen so this weekend will be his final races in the Supersport class, for 2020 he is stepping up to the Superbike Championship he has recently got his hands on an ex John Burrows Suzuki GSXR 1000 another learning curve ahead which with his talent will no doubt conquer.
Without the backing of his family, team, sponsors and helpers non of this would have been possible so Jason would like to thank them all for helping with his success over the years.
Dad, team spanner man and Jeremy Burgess wanabe Nigel Lynn, Head Duck Tape man and painter Keith Lynn, Walter Bell who’s been an integral part of the team since he gave Jason his first ride on a supersport machine, Head chef Catherine McCartney, Mum for putting up with us all, Noel Robinson of Slemish Water, Ballyclare And District Motorcycle Supporters Club, Ann and Peter Louden, Melvin and Louise Ried, Jack Agnew, Aarons Gym, Dyno Centre NI, Darryll Lynn, Luke Johnston Unlimited Industries, Derek Craig, Arai Helmets and RST leathers.