Keith Amor said he was pleased with his performance in the Ulster Grand Prix after coming away from the weekend with two podium finishes for the Honda TT Legends team.
Amor was embroiled in a heated fight for victory with Guy Martin in the opening race before taking the flag second on the road. However, victory went to Bruce Anstey – who had started the race in the second wave of riders and won on timings – leaving Amor to settle for third place.
Eager to produce a better result in the second race, Amor dropped back to fourth at one stage before a spirited recovery ride saw him take second behind Martin.
“Race one was great,” he said. “I led on and off on the road but I knew that if Bruce got a clear run he'd be hard to beat because he was starting from the second wave with nobody in front of him to mess it up. It was always going to be tough but it was really enjoyable. Guy and I were swapping paint and places pretty much every lap.
“The team did a great job changing the set up for the second race and it was shame that the conditions were iffy. I didn't have the best tyre on for the job but I hung in there. I was in a battle with William and Cameron, which was enjoyable but Guy got away. It was just one of those days. Big thanks to Honda and Dunlop.”
However, while it was a good weekend for Amor, things were more challenging for team-mate John McGuinness who was forced out of race one with a holed radiator and then could only take 17th in race two after being forced to start from the pitlane.
“I was really enjoying the first race – it was ace,” he said. “I was hanging in there and I was going as fast as the leaders but with a lap or two to go I had to stop. We later found out that it was a hole in the radiator. The team did a mega job repairing it but we were just a few minutes too late to get on the grid.
“I spoke to the organiser and said shall I just go out at the back of the pack and show the fans that we didn't come here not to do our job. I actually enjoyed it a bizarre way, just riding round with no pressure – I revved up the crowd a bit and it was good. It's been a tough week though.”