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British Superstock rider to include road races in 2010 schedule

Dan Hegarty has become the latest British championship rider to confirm plans to include road racing in his schedule this year.
British Superstock Championship regular Dan Hegarty has announced he plans to make his debut at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Oliver's Mount in Scarborough during 2010.

This year the 23-year-old will again be Suzuki-mounted in the Superstock championship, but he has also revealed he plans to make his first road race appearances.

Hegarty, a race instructor at Ron Haslam's Donington Park Race school, said:

"I have always been a big fan of the TT and now I have everything in place I'm really looking forward to making my debut. Seeing how well many of the lads in the British Championship have done in the past few years has inspired me even more and I've been in touch with the organisers for some time to get everything sorted."

"They couldn't have been more helpful in terms of advice and encouragement and I've begun my training and learning the track so that I'm 100% prepared."

"I'm extremely excited about coming to the Isle of Man to race and it will fulfil a long ambition of mine – I can't wait!"

The Nottingham rider began racing in 2004 and soon progressed into the Virgin Mobile R6 Cup Championship, where one of his main rivals was current road race star Conor Cummins.

In 2006 he moved into the British Superstock Championship, where he has remained since, improving his results every year. Hegarty made his breakthrough in 2008 when, in one of the most fiercely fought Championships when he finished 11th overall, scoring points in eight of the 12 rounds, finishing in the top 10 on five occasions with a best finish of fourth at Knockhill.

Equally impressive was a stunning fourth place at the annual Mallory Park 'Race of the Year', where he was only beaten by Superbike stars Tom Sykes, Karl Harris and Glen Richards.

Last year saw RTR Motorcycles workshop manager Hegarty again contest the British Superstock series and, despite being forced to miss a number of rounds for financial reasons, he ended the year with a flourish, taking a host of top 10 finishes to finish 13th overall.

TT winner and TT Rider Liaison officer Richard 'Milky' Quayle said:

"Dan Hegarty is another name in an already impressive list of riders looking to take part in the TT for the first time in 2010. Our rider recruitment programme is once more achieving success for us and when you look back at all the newcomers in recent times, it's fair to say the majority of them have become brilliant additions to the TT entry list."

"Dan's been putting in some great performances in the British Championship, improving every year, and I look forward to spending time with him and all the other newcomers to TT 2010."

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British superstock regular Dan Hegarty, seen in action at Donington, plans to race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT (iomtt.com)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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