27 November 2014
Jamie Hamilton replaces Dan Kneen at B.E. Racing
Former top Isle of Man TT newcomer Jamie Hamilton has left Wilson Craig Honda to sign for John Burrows' B.E. Racing team for 2015
Northern Ireland's Jamie Hamilton has joined former racer John Burrows' B.E. Racing team for 2015 after parting company from Wilson Craig.
Hamilton, the leading newcomer at the Isle of Man TT in 2012, has taken over the ride from Manxman Dan Kneen, who left Burrows' team to sign for Ulster outfit Millsport Suzuki.
The 23-year-old former British Superstock 600 champion had an indifferent season this year as he struggled to adapt to his new surroundings in Craig's team after previously competing under the tutelage of Ryan Farquhar in the KMR Kawasaki colours.
A crash at the Skerries national meeting in the summer forced Hamilton to miss the Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix and the young prospect experienced more woe at Macau, crashing out unhurt after going down on fluid dropped by Peter Hickman's machine during practice and missing the race due to the damage suffered to Craig's Honda Fireblade.
However, Hamilton is now looking forward to a new challenge next year and is confident he can put his career back on track.
“I'm very happy that I have secured a ride with one of the most professional teams in the sport of road racing,” he said.
“I was very impressed with what John and his team achieved in 2014 and I hope my efforts will bring more success for the team in the coming season.
“The bikes will definitely be ultra competitive and I'm confident that I'm capable of taking them to top results. Roll on Cookstown.”
Team owner Burrows, who quit the sport following the death of his friend Trevor Ferguson at the Manx Grand Prix in 2012, said he had every confidence Hamilton would prove an able replacement for Kneen.
“I'm delighted to have found a rider of Jamie Hamilton's calibre to lead Burrows Engineering Racing's national and international roads campaigns in 2015,” he said.
“He's the ideal man for the job and it's a bonus that he's a local man too. He's a proven race and title winner and although 2014 didn't work out particularly well for him, Jamie showed what he is capable of on a number of occasions, especially at Bush where he scored four wins and denied my team two Superbike wins.
“All our sponsors will be announced in due course,” he added. “There will be some loyal and familiar names on the side of the bike as well as some exciting new ones.”
Hamilton will ride a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Superbike class plus a 600cc Honda and a Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin machine.
The team will contest the Irish national roads meetings plus the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Southern 100, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix.
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