Exciting young road race protégé Jamie Hamilton could be forced to miss the Supertwin races at the Ulster Grand Prix following a crash at last month's Armoy road races in Northern Ireland.
The 20-year-old from Ballyclare escaped serious injury after he bit the dust while battling for the lead of the Supertwin race with his KMR Kawasaki team boss Ryan Farquhar.
Hamilton, who had the consolation of establishing a new lap record for the 650cc machines at Armoy at 96.367mph, escaped serious injury but his ER6 was damaged in the spill.
The ex-British 600cc Superstock champion is awaiting the arrival of new front forks for the machine in time for Wednesday's opening practice session.
If Hamilton's Supertwin cannot be prepared in time, he will still compete at Dundrod on Farquhar's Kawasaki ZX-10.
“A few things have been damaged that will cost money to fix and it's one thing gathering up the money, but it's another to be able to afford to fix the bike and then go and compete at the Ulster Grand Prix as well," Hamilton told the Belfast News Letter.
“I'm really disappointed because the Ulster Grand Prix is like my home race.
“But I've made a mistake and I'll have to take to the consequences and if the consequences are that I have to miss the Ulster Grand Prix, then I'll have to take it on the chin.
“I'll try and learn from my mistakes and move on.”
Hamilton has established a reputation as a potential star of the future on the roads this season, flourishing under the guidance of his mentor, team manager and top Ulster rider Farquhar.
He made a sensational breakthrough at the Southern 100 last month when he triumphed in the Supertwin class and also impressed on his debut at the Isle of Man TT, where he claimed the prestigious Best Newcomer trophy.
Hamilton finished sixth in the Supertwin race at the North West 200 in May and was expected to challenge for a rostrum finish in the class at Dundrod.