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Amor on the podium, despite shoulder injury

Keith Amor scores a well deserved second place finish in the Isle of Man TT Supersport race after ignoring his shoulder injury.
Keith Amor couldn't hide his delight at scoring a podium in the Isle of Man TT Supersport race, just days after injuring his shoulder in a nasty accident.

The Scot fell heavily during a practice session prior to the first Superbike race, Amor hurting the shoulder enough to threaten his pace ahead of the week's events.

However, having finished fourth in that Superbike race, Amor put in a fighting display on the KBMG Racing Honda in the Supersport class to take on and beat Guy Martin to second position.

Amor returned later in the day aboard the Honda Superstock, gradually building up his speed to finish just off the podium in fourth position.

"If you'd have given me second and fourth at the beginning of the day, I'd have snapped your hand off so it's been good! I struggled a bit on the last lap of the 600cc race with my shoulder and I could have done without the extra lap today but up until then everything went well and dicing with John on the roads was a lot of fun, I think we passed each other 4 or 5 times on the final lap.

“I was too aggressive on the first lap though and used a bit too much of my tyre but, at the end of the day, a few days ago I was in hospital and now I'm on the podium so I can't complain. The doctors and physios have done a great job so full credit to them. Second's my best result so I'm getting there but I seem to be going down the Guy Martin route, racking up the podiums but not a win.

“We need to get rid of old man Anstey but full credit to him, he rode a great race so we'll just have to give it another go in Wednesday's 2nd 600cc race.

"In the Superstock race, the clutch was slipping for half of the first lap, particularly when I was on the side of the tyre, so I think I might have given it too much off the line but it got a bit better and I managed to adjust it coming out of the Gooseneck.

“It was a lot better after that but by then Guy had caught me and I heard him coming so I let him past and tucked in behind him as I didn't think I was going to last the lap. My shoulder was playing up a bit and the clutch still wasn't 100% but Guy coming by was a blessing as it towed me round for a couple of laps.

“Towards the end of the race I started to feel stronger but he was really hard on the brakes so it was difficult to get by whilst he also pulled a bit of time on me at the pit stop. I caught back up to him at Ballagarey and got by him but we ended up swapping places a bit and I just brought the bike home.”

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MM - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 5:34 PM

A great performance under any circumstances, but with a shoulder injury that must have literally turned every bump, brake and twitch of the bars into a pain, simply outstanding.

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