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
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.
Baylon McCaughey, courtesy Tyrone