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Knen switches to Suzuki power for roads

'At the TT, I want to go quicker and improve my results so I've been doing more homework on the course and concentrating on learning it a bit more' - Dan Kneen
Exciting Manx rider Dan Kneen has finalised his plans for 2012 when he will switch to Suzuki power for the international road races and the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship.

Kneen will ride for the Marks Bloom Racing team this season and the 24-year-old has a GSX-R1000 and GSXR-600 at his disposal, with technical support provided by Northern Ireland's TAS Racing outfit.

He has previous experience of the GSX-R having ridden a K7 and K9 in the past but this will be Kneen's first time on the 600cc Suzuki after riding a Yamaha R6 for the past four years.

“It's great to have everything all in place so early and I can't wait for the new season to start. Having new machinery is a terrific boost to all of us and we should be able to raise our game considerably,” he said.

“I've ridden Suzukis before and gone well and receiving support from the TAS Racing team will only strengthen our cause.

“At the TT, I want to go quicker and improve my results so I've been doing more homework on the course and concentrating on learning it a bit more.

"I've done good lap times so far but it was a bit of a struggle on the big bike last year and I had to roll off in places so there's definite time to be gained.

“I'm really looking forward to contesting the Superstock Championship as well and the plan is to be running up the front from the off.

"Last year was a tough year in the BSB Evo Championship but I learnt a lot and the Suzuki should be very competitive, so I'm confident I can give a good account of myself.”

Kneen became the first rider to secure a hat-trick of victories at the Manx Grand Prix in 2008 and since he achieved the feat his stock has soared and he is now regarded as one of the most promising young riders on the roads.




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Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
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Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Senior TT.

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