Paul Jordan outlines his plans for 2022 after signing with PreZ Racing

The Magherafelt man rode for the team at the Cookstown 100 last year after parting ways with Burrows Engineering/RK Racing in an amicable split.

Jordan finished fourth in the Open Superbike race on the PreZ Racing Yamaha R1 for the first time at the Orritor course in Co Tyrone and sealed a podium in the Supersport race, taking third place behind Adam McLean and Mike Browne.

The 30-year-old – winner of the Supertwin class at the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix – will ride Yamaha machines in the Superbike and Supersport classes in PreZ Racing livery this year and will also have a Kawasaki 650 at his disposal for the Supertwin races. .

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Paul Jordan with PreZ Racing team owners John and Zandra Preston. Photo: Jim Gibson/Ellan Vannin Pictures.

Jordan intends to compete in the first two rounds of the British Supersport Championship as part of his preparation for the North West 200, which returns from May 10-14 after back-to-back cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I met John [Preston, team owner] two weeks before Christmas and we settled things then,” Jordan said.

“The plan at the moment is to do the North West, TT and Ulster Grand Prix, as well as the Southern 100 and Armoy. We will also be contesting the first two rounds of the British Supersport Championship before the North West, which will help us upgrade for the TT.

“As things stand, I think I’m going to ride my own bike at the Cookstown 100 as it would be too expensive to bring the team in for that one race. I would love to do Skerries and also Faugheen which is one of the real old school Irish road races but we will wait and see.

Paul Jordan on the PreZ Racing Yamaha R6 at the Cookstown 100 last September.

After two dismal years for road racing due to the coronavirus pandemic, with just three Irish national events since 2019, Jordan is eager to seize every opportunity to get as many miles as possible under his belt before the new season begins. don’t start in anger.

“The most important thing for me this season is to spend as much time as possible on the bikes, so that we are not on our backs when we come to the North West and the TT,” he said. .

“I know if I want to get back to where I was in 2019 it’s going to take a lot of hard work and effort, but I know I can do it and I feel better prepared than ever this year in terms of fitness. . .

“I just need to focus on myself and enjoy my race this year, have fun and drink a beer at the end.”

Team owner John Preston has revealed a number of tests are planned for Jordan ahead of the opening round of the British Supersport Championship at Silverstone in April.

“We will be testing in early March and early April, and we hope to do the first two rounds of the British Supersport Championship at Silverstone and Oulton Park in preparation for the North West,” he said.

“Hopefully with a bit of luck on our side – a bit of Irish luck – we’ll sort it all out with the bikes in the North West before moving on to the TT.

“Hopefully with the setup we have and the squad we have we can make Paul proud.”

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