Kenny McCrea Racing

Monaghan, 2004
Photo: Derek Clegg

Take notice of the Tynan flyer!

Irish road racing over the years has produced many superstars, champions and heroes. Whilst many riders go on to grace circuits across the globe, some prefer to race at home.

Some concentrate on the short circuit scene, whilst others prefer the road races, and there are of course those who just love doing both.

However, you don’t have to be a superstar to be a hero, a term used to describe one of Irish road racing’s unsung heroes in a race programme earlier this year. The rider in question is none other than Tynan’s Kenny McCrea.

Having completed his 10th season of racing, Kenny much prefers the road races to the short circuits and, I am not mistaken, seems to go much better when he is on his own, something that he proved at the Manx Grand Prix in 2004.

It wasn’t until Walderstown in 2002, when Kenny finished a fantastic fourth place in the senior class onboard a 1000 Suzuki, that people actually sat back and took notice of the flying Tynan rider.
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That same year the quiet, unassuming Kenny made his debut at the Manx GP, finishing seventh in the Newcomers Race. Kenny went on to gain a silver replica in the Junior before taking his 600 machine to a fine 13th place in the Senior, the second best newcomer.

The following year saw heartbreak for Kenny. Having not shown his hand in practise, Kenny was up to fourth and challenging strongly for third place when he slipped off on the approach to Ramsay Hairpin, thankfully without injury.

This year, Kenny has shown promise in many National road races, but without doubt his best National road race came at his home circuit, the Glaslough road races, where he finished sixth having been embroiled in a race long battle with Guy Martin, Martin Finnegan and Richard Britton.

He followed up this performance with another fantastic race in the Junior Manx Grand Prix, where he finished fourth after an exciting race-long duel with his two friends and rivals, John Burrows and Liam Quinn.

Kenny lapped at over 117mph, and had to contend with riding the last lap without second gear.

In 2005, Kenny hopes to continue with the 600 class, although the stepping up to FIM rules will add more expense for the privateer riders like him, and considering riding a bigger bike if one was made available for him.

It goes without saying that without the help of many friends, Kenny would not be racing today and he would like to say a big thank you to Brewery Lane Bar Supporters Club, Cookstown; Coote Concrete; Godfrey Black at Dunnes Stores; Stanley Farmer; Douglas Acheson; Yarno Holland Contracts; Herbie Montgomery; Trevor Duffin; Davy McCall for use of transport; Northland Motor Cycle Club, Dungannon and his calendar advertisers.