Friday, July 6

Refreshed Team109 all set for Highland Fling in Knockhill - Bennetts British Superbike

Team #109 make the trip northward to Scotland this weekend for the latest Bennetts British
Superbike championship event, hosted by the famous Knockhill circuit. It is once again a full stable of bikes in action for the Cork based team, with Kevin Keyes flying the flag in the Pirelli National
Superstock 600 class, with Dickies British Junior Supersport championship leader Eunan McGlinchey joined once again by Simon Reid on the Kawasaki Ninja 400’s.

Keyes had a tough weekend last time out at Snetterton less than three weeks ago. A few technical
issues and set up difficulties with the ZX-6 saw the Offaly rider struggle to keep with the front group
in the race. However, after a great effort in the race he was still able to secure a top ten result,
finishing the weekend in ninth place, holding onto fourth position in the championship standings, just one point behind Joe Sheldon-Shaw in third.

Series leader McGlinchey had an up and down weekend at Snetterton last month, continuing on his
solid run of form, finishing at the sharp end of both free practice and qualifying, before putting in a
fantastic performance in the first race of the weekend on Saturday evening, scoring yet another win
to add to his tally, and extending his lead. However, after a race long battle in race two with Elliot
Pinson, McGlinchey made a mistake as they entered the final corner, on the final lap, crashing out,
and unfortunately taking Pinson with him. Despite his first non-finish of the season, the Aghadowey
rider remains in the lead of the series by a healthy thirteen points.

2017 Irish Supertwin champion, Simon Reid will once again be in action this weekend on the second of the two Kawasaki Ninja 400 machines. Team #109 following Snetterton have part ways with Brendan Glover. It is a decision that was not taken lightly by the team, and everyone wants to wish Brendan all the very best with his young career, and we hope he finds success. Team manager Paul Tobin commented; “It is a pity it did not work out with Brendan this season, for one reason or another. He is a talented young rider and we all enjoyed working with him this year. We really wish him all the best for his future.”

Following on from the departure of Glover, Reid will once again be in action for Team #109 this
weekend, following on from his solid performance at Snetterton last month. Improving session by
session throughout the weekend, before scoring a top ten finish in his very first British championship race on Saturday evening, coming home in eighth. He looked set to score a top five finish in race two on Sunday evening before a technical problem saw him retire as they began the final lap. Hopes are high as the team heads to the sole Scottish round of the series, and are aiming to help Kevin recapture his early season form, and hopefully make a push for the Pirelli National Superstock 600 podium once again. Despite his difficult end to the Snetterton weekend, McGlinchey is hopeful of scoring  ore silverware and once again extending his lead at the top of the Dickies British Junior Supersport series. Following on from his solid showing in his British championship debut, Simon Reid is keen to continue his improvements on the Kawasaki Ninja 400, and secure some more point scoring finishes.

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