RISING roads star Joey Thompson is gearing up to get back on the Mountain Course this season as he announces a return to action.
The 21-year old will ride for his own, newly formed team with support from Rutland Plastering and the family-run Thompsons Fish Restaurant, contesting the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Senior TT Races onboard a Suzuk GSX-R1000 in his big bike debut on the Isle of Man.
A newcomer in 2017, the York rider immediately impressed on his debut by taking a 34th place finish in the one Monster Energy Supersport Race that ran that year, with a personal best lap at an average speed of over 118mph. Thompson’s returned the following year with a lap of 122.545mph on a Kawasaki ZX-6R in the opening Supersport race,
He made headlines in 2018 with a stunning podium finish after narrowly missing out on a Supertwin win at the North West 200.
As well as his TT campaign, Thompson will contest the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
“For various reasons, I kind of fell out of love with riding motorbikes and I ended up taking almost a year out of racing but I’m in a much better place now and I’m really looking forward to racing at the TT again,” he said.
“Racing for Paul Jinks at Aberdare and then for Graham Wilcock from Wilcock Consulting at the Classic TT got my mojo back and I’m really grateful for the opportunities they both gave me. It was really beneficial doing the Classic TT as the big 750 was as quick as the 600 I’d previously ridden so I was able to re-familiarise myself with the course and continue to learn.
“I’m looking forward to going to the TT to simply race again although moving onto a 1000cc bike is a massive jump so the main thing at the moment is getting used to it. I’ve already had six days out in Spain where I put in lap after lap and I really enjoyed myself.
“The Suzuki is renowned for being the best handling bike in the Superstock class, something which is key for me as I’m only 5’6 and don’t have the frame to be muscling bikes around.
“The power is also slightly less but we’ve seen what it can do on the short circuits in the hands of Richard Cooper so I just want to get in as much mileage as possibly prior to the TT so that when I get to the island, I’ll know as much as possible about the bike.
“I can then concentrate on getting used to how the Mountain Course feels with a big bike compared to the smaller 600 and Lightweight. It will be a massive learning curve and I know I won’t be finishing in the top ten but I’m looking to make good progress throughout the fortnight and enjoy all three races.”