I am delighted, but a little apprehensive about being asked to write a blog for the readers or realroadracing.com in 2012. If the truth be told I am not sure how I should start with my first one so have decided to give you a little bit of background on my racing career and my plans for 2012.
I have wanted to race motorbikes pretty much all my life and this desire was enhanced even further when as a young boy I walked from my home in Saintfield to watch the Temple 100. It all began there and I have been racing for let’s just say, quite a few years now and like most Irish Road Racers I served my time in the Clubman’s Championship were I won 400cc & 600cc Championships before moving up to the National Short Circuit scene and eventually on to Road Racing.
During my career I have been very fortunate to have some great people around me and sponsors who were very supportive without putting any pressure on what I did and were I rode. I did win a 600cc Regal Championship Race at Bishopscourt back in 2002 when I had a great scrap with Richard Britton and Adrian Archibald, but once I had started to race on the roads it very quickly became my priority and in particular the Mountain Course on the Isle of Man.
So much so that in my early road race years my priority was to try and win at the Manx Grand Prix as it was impossible by that stage for a privateer on a limited budget to win at the TT. In 2004 my dream came true when I won the Senior Manx Grand Prix on Kevin & Angela Woods 750cc Suzuki. It was amazing and I also set a new MGP Lap Record at over 120mph in that race, to be one of only a few have done so at the Manx. I moved on to the TT after that win and have had some very good results with a best place finish of 7th in the Senior TT in 2006. There have quite a few silver and gold replicas down the years, as well as the disappointments that go along with competing at the arduous 37 ¾ mile circuit. 2010 was my best TT in a while, when I finished 9th in the Senior TT, was 3rd in the Privateers Championship, did my fastest ever laps in all three classes, which was topped by my Superbike time when I joined an elite group of only 26 riders to lap the Mountain Circuit at over 125mph.
I have had some great races and results on Irelands Roads with countless top ten finishes including quite a few podiums and on a number of occasions finishing in the top six in the Irish Road Race Championships. I have won 250cc Irish Championship Races at Skerries, Tandragee, Cookstown and Armoy and I won the Irish Senior Championship race at Bush in 2010. In 2005 I had probably my greatest ever racing moment when I won the 250cc Race at the North West 200 an experience that I cannot really explain.
In 2012 I am pleased that i will again be riding under the banner of CSC / Strangford Holiday Park Racing and wish to thank both Steve (Caffyn) and Trevor (Matthewson) for their continued support and the use of their excellent machinery. I also have my own 1000cc Superstock BMW and 250cc Honda and Tony (Morris) CMS has built me a Supertwin ER6 Kawasaki, which is a new adventure for me. The CSC Supersport R6 Yamaha, Strangford Holiday Park Superbike GSXR1000cc Suzuki, Superstock BMW and D&G.W/DM#71RRSC 250cc Honda have all been refreshed and updated as much as finance will allow and are all sitting ready to go and after a test in England there are a couple of minor issues that need sorted on the ER6.
So I am now looking forward to Scarborough on the 15th April, which starts my season.
I still need a title sponsor for the 1000cc BMW that will be run at the International Road Races and my budget is still a bit short for a full season so i really do need other personal sponsors to join the team and help with the general costs of running a professional Road Race Team at the sharp end of the grid, including: fuel, tyres, race parts, entry fees, transport costs, etc. I will be taking part in as many National & International Road races across Ireland, Isle of Man and UK that the finances will allow.
My sincere thanks go out to my loyal and new sponsors for showing their faith in me; CSC Racing, Strangford Holiday Park, CMS, Davy Morgan #71 RRSC, I.M.S.Ltd, UAsphalt, Jet Plant, Leisure Services, D&G.W Racing, 01Race FX, La-Mon Hotel, Inglewood Hotel, EJ Tractors, Belfast Honda and EH Services. A big thank you also to; Dunlop Tyres, Rock Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Arai Helmets and WIZ Knee sliders for their vital Trade Support.
Although no one can guarantee success in this sport anyone who is already involved or looking to get involved can be assured that there will be no lack of effort, commitment and professionalism from myself or any member of the team in achieving success.
Davy Morgan #71