Manx GP winner Darryl Tweed prepares for his Isle of Man TT debut in 2022

A two-time winner of the 2018 Manx Grand Prix in the Ultra-Lightweight class, Tweed plans to race his own Honda CBR600RR in Supersport TT races and also hopes to compete in the renowned Supertwin TT.

Tweed, who raced for McAdoo Racing Team at the Cookstown 100 in 2020 and 2021 as well as at Armoy last summer, will kick off the 2022 season at Cookstown next month, with the Co Tyrone event marking his centenary.

He can also make a few appearances at Irish national meetings on the M&D Kawasaki 400 and has a deal to race a Kawasaki Supersport 300 for Trison McMullan Racing in the Ulster Championship, joining Ballymena’s Barry Davidson.

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Darryl Tweed will make his TT debut on the Isle of Man this year.

“I’ve been doing motocross so far, but I’ll probably be at one of the Easter short circuit meetings in April before the Cookstown 100,” Tweed said.

“We will also do the Tandragee 100 and then we will move on to the North West 200.

“I got my entry for the TT accepted tonight (Tuesday) so I’m looking forward to it.

“The plan for the TT is to do the Supersport races and I also have a Supertwin, which I probably won’t be riding until I go to the Isle of Man because it’s going well and we don’t want to mess up mileage on it.

“We will do most of the national road races although I don’t know if we will venture to Cork or Faugheen this year but we will definitely do the others,” he added.

“It’s good to see all the races again after the last two years.”

Commenting on joining forces with Trison McMullan for the Supersport 300 class, Tweed added: “I’m super excited to be back racing with my old buddies from Trison McMullan Racing.

“The craic we had the first two years when Trison started was powerful. I’m also looking forward to working with Barry and Darryl (Anderson), two great guys.

Davidson, a stalwart of the Irish roads with 91 wins, will race a similar Supersport 300 machine while young hopeful Darryl Anderson from Garvagh will race a Supertwin and Superbike for ex-kart racer McMullan’s team. Anderson will also contest selected rounds of the Ulster Superbike Championship.

Team owner McMullan said: “We’re just a small, tight-knit team racing for the love of the sport.

“There’s no pressure on the riders and if they come back with a big smile on their face, that’s good enough for me.

“The bikes are all ready and now we just need the racing season to start.”

Davidson believes the Supersport 300 class provides a great opportunity for newcomers to cut their teeth on the roads and relishes the chance to put even more wins on the board this year.

“The 300 Supersport class on the roads is a fantastic class in my eyes,” he said.

“It’s ideal for newcomers or old crooks like me at the opposite of my career.

“We’ve had a good year winning both road races that have been on, but as a team we particularly enjoyed Armoy as it was Trison’s home race and the team’s first ever win in road race.”

Team TMR bikes will be on display at this weekend’s Ballymoney Motorcycle Show at Ballybrakes Indoor Bowling Club.

The show opens Friday, March 11 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring race bikes, classic machines, and custom motorcycles.

Entry is £5 with under 16s free.


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