ANDREW Smyth is gearing up for a full season in the Thundersport Superteen championship, and says he’s elated to have a secret weapon in his corner.
The teenager heads for the famous talent development series this year with road racing legend and master motorcycle tuner Ryan Farquhar as he joins the KMR Kawasaki squad.
Smyth, who enters just his third full season of racing after winning the Irish Supersport 300 and the Belfast and District Motor Club titles in 2017, says he and his family are putting everything into Thundersport this year in a bid to get as much track time as possible.
He and best mate Cameron Dawson, who will join him at KMR, dabbled in the Superteens championship this past season, both bagging multiple top-10 finishes. But Smyth realises it’s going to be tough to learn all the new tracks he hasn’t ridden before – nearly all of them on the Thundersport calendar.
“I’ve only been to Anglesey before, everything else will be new to me,” he told UK Clubsport. “We did the British Talent Cup and on the way back home we went to race at Thundersport, but I’ll have to learn all the other tracks.
“Of course you want to beat your team-mate, but Cameron and I are the best of friends. I’m just trying to put all my effort into this year – I’ve been training all winter and I’m just ready to get going.
“All the rounds at home that don’t clash we’ll try and do, but we will definitely put everything into Thundersport.”
And how does the 14-year-old feel about working with road racing record holder and all-around motorcycle guru Farquhar?
“Ryan is incredible, the bike set up he does is just unbelievable. You’ll tell him what’s going wrong with the bike, and he’ll think about it for a few minutes, and he’ll come back with a change that just works perfectly. It’s really great to have him with us.
“I don’t really know where I’m going to be at the end of the season. It’s hard to say at this point but I just want to make forward progress I’ll be happy.”
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