ANDREW Smyth has revealed plans to jump up to the Pirelli National Superstock 600 series for 2021.
After graduating from Thundersport GB’s flagship Superteen category to the HEL Performance Junior Supersport class in 2019, the apprentice engineer worked his way up the ranks, capping off last season with a podium performance at Oulton Park.
But the 17-year-old is now taking his family-run outfit up a level as he makes the next step up the Bennetts British Superbike championship ladder.
“After having two seasons on the Kawasaki Ninja 400 I feel I am ready to progress into a higher class,” Smyth said. “I look forward to the challenges I will face as I will be learning a lot this year.”
“Already there have been few challenges, the change in my fitness regime being the most difficult, especially with lockdown restrictions. I have had to change my routine, incorporating exercises to build muscle as the 600 is a completely different bike to handle as I already learned with a bit of track time.
“Without Dad I simply wouldn’t be where I am today the effort that he has put into the 600 alone is insane. We received a standard Kawasaki 636 at the end of August and after thousands of pounds and many hours as of now we have a fully competitive Kawasaki 636 race bike ready for the track so I can’t thank him enough.”
Smyth is set to be mentored by fellow Northern Irishman and former National Superstock 600, 1000 and British Supersport champ Keith Farmer, who is as yet without a ride himself for 2021.