BURROWS Engineering/RK Racing has revealed its new signing for the roads season ahead as bosses reveal new recruit Mike Browne.
The Cork man finished fourth in the Irish Supersport Championship in 2019, ending the year on a winning note with victory at the East Coast Festival at Killalane in north county Dublin.
Browne also powered to 18th place in the second Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT last year after a stint at the Manx in 2018 where he scored a fourth place finish in the Senior MGP.
The Irishman will ride a Superstock Suzuki GSX-R1000 and a Yamaha YZF-R6 for John Burrows’ team at the Irish national road races this season, as well as the North West 200 and TT, which will be key focuses for the team.
“I’m delighted to be joining Burrows Engineering/RK Racing and John runs a great team, so I’m in good hands,” Browne admitted. “Having the bikes prepared for me will make a huge difference because I was spending a couple of nights a week in the shed doing my own spannering last season, which wasn’t really ideal.
“I’ll be able to just get on with job of riding the bikes, so it takes a bit of the pressure off. It will take a bit of time to get used to the 1000cc Suzuki at the start of the season but hopefully we’ll get up to speed quickly and maybe by the middle of the year I won’t be too far away.
“I’m ready to put in a lot of effort this year and try and make the most of this opportunity. I’m going to push and see how we get on, but definitely in the Supersport class I’d like to think we’ll be challenging at least for the national championship title.
Team owner Burrows, who also plans to add a second rider to the line-up to replace the departed Derek Sheils, added that he is delighted to welcome rising star Browne.
“I’ve been keeping an eye on Mike for a while now and I had a good chat with him at the TT last year,” he said. “He’s a young rider who I feel has good potential.
“He has a good attitude to racing and I was impressed with his 18th place in the Supersport race at the TT, where he only had limited laps due to the bad run of wet weather. He is still very inexperienced at the TT so that was a really solid result and hopefully we can help Mike take the next step in his career.
“Mike knows the Irish road racing circuits and he fits into our strategy of trying to bring promising talent through the ranks. He’s a hot prospect for the future and he could be the man to take over from the likes of Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney in the coming years if he keeps learning his craft.
“We are still planning on running two riders at national and international level.”
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