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Keen targets maiden podium at TT races

'I'd love to win a TT one day but I need to work up to it and I'd be delighted to get on the podium this year' - Dan Keen
Manx rider Dan Kneen is chasing his maiden rostrum finish at this year's Isle of Man TT races.

Kneen, who has teamed up with the Marks Bloom Racing team again, has an impressive pedigree on the Mountain course, becoming the first rider to win three Manx Grand Prix races in 2008.

The 25-year-old's best TT result so far is a fifth place in the first Supersport race in 2010 and Kneen is determined to raise his game further in June as he bids to break into the top three in all classes.

“I've got my best results in Supersport at the TT but I'm looking to get in amongst the leaders in the Superstock and Superbike classes at the TT as well this year,” he said.

“I'd love to win a TT one day but I need to work up to it and I'd be delighted to get on the podium this year.”

Kneen is entering a fifth consecutive season with main backer Marks Bloom, Chartered Accountants and Insolvency Practitioners in Kingston-upon-Thames.

He will ride a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the Supersport class and a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races.

Kneen has also entered the Lightweight Supertwin race on the Track Electronics ER6 Kawasaki.

He was holding fifth in the opening Supersport race last year until a spill on the exit of Governor's Bridge ruled him out of the remainder of the meeting and left him facing a two-month recovery period with back injuries.

Kneen returned to action at the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland and recorded a series of top ten finishes.

Looking ahead to this year, Kneen added: “Ever since the end of last season, we've been working really hard with the bikes to ensure they're fully prepared from the word go and I can't wait for my first outing in a couple of weeks' time.

“With new machines, we were a bit behind where we wanted to be this time last year and it took me a while to get totally dialled in but that's certainly not the case this time around and we should hit the ground running.

“We've improved the Suzukis considerably over the winter months and am in a strong position coming into this season, so I'm firmly aiming at the podium places at the TT,” he added.

“The competition will be as tough as always so I know the task ahead but I've proved I can run with the top boys, particularly in the Supersport class, so that's where I want to be.”

Kneen will ride in a number of Thundersport Championship rounds at the beginning of the season in preparation for his roads campaign, with his first race coming at Donington at the end of March.



Related Pictures

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Dan Kneen in action at 2012 TT (Pic: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters).
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Street Sweep Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Paul Shoesmith was killed in a crash during a practice lap for the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW Superbike at the Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Superbike during Isle of Man TT practice.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine during TT practice.

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