Manx rider Dan Kneen will make his roads bow on the Mar-Train Yamaha at this weekend's Tandragee 100 Irish National meeting.
Kneen took over the ride from Dean Harrison and has tested the YZF-R1 Superbike in Spain before competing in two Irish Superbike events at Kirkistown and Bishopscourt for more track time, finishing on the podium four times and twice on the R6 Supersport machine.
The Braddan man previously won at Tandragee on his debut at the 5.3-mile course in 2014 and faces stiff opposition this weekend, with Ryan Farquhar among the entries on his IEG BMW Superstock machine plus exciting newcomer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, who chalked up a treble on his Irish roads bow at the Mid Antrim 150 at the beginning of April.
Mitchell-Thomas is joined in John Burrows' Cookstown B.E. Racing team by Derek Sheils, who won the feature race at the Mid Antrim, while William Dunlop is also expected to compete on the CD-IC Racing 600cc Yamaha on Saturday.
Kneen, who will also race at the Cookstown 100 on April 30 as further preparation for the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, said: “It is nice to get a few races under my belt and really encouraging to be in the hunt for wins so early in the season.
“It was only really my second proper run on the Supersport bike and I'm really impressed by it straight away. The Superbike is fantastic and I'm having fun riding it – I can't wait to get out at Tandragee as I think the YZF-R1M will be a competitive package around that circuit.
“I've only raced there once but I enjoyed it and came away with both Superbike victories so we hopefully shouldn't be too far away.”
The Ulster-based Mar-Train Racing team is Yamaha UK's official entry at the international road races in 2016.