JOEY Thompson and Davey Todd are raring to return to the Armoy Road Races next month after vising the circuit this week.
Bennetts British Superbike rookie Thompson, who rides for NP Motorcycles, and Wilson Craig Racing’s Todd, headed to the Co Antrim circuit as they gear up for the meeting at the end of next month.
Both riders heaped praise on the directors and members of the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, who are responsible for the organisation of one of only two road races in Ireland in 2021.
For Thompson, it marks the return to the site of one of his very first competitive roads outings.
“Armoy was my first national road race in my first year of road racing in 2017,” he said. “I was only 18 years old. I really enjoyed it although the weather was horrendous and at that stage I wasn’t too confident in the wet.
“The circuit is great though and the organisers are very good but what I loved was the support of the fans and the atmosphere is unreal, particularly as you come through the village.
“Since then I’ve raced in various different championships as well as taking a year out of racing altogether – and I’m looking forward to restarting my Irish road racing career at Armoy. I’ve matured a lot so I’ll hopefully string together some good results.”
Armoy is also where Todd launched his roads journey, and admitted he’s fired up to get back on track.
“I raced in the Armoy Road Races in 2017 which was at the very start of my road racing career,” said Todd. “I got a second in the Supersport race and a third on the podium in the Superbike races, both on a 600 and I believe that’s what really helped me in the beginning.
“I’m really excited to be back in Armoy and see the course again. As well as this being one of my very first road races this is one of my favourite races and it’s great to be back. It’s a meeting that is very well organised and with a fun and really good circuit it makes for a good two days’ racing. It’s great to be back.”
Bill Kennedy MBE, Clerk of the Course, added: “Both these riders are a great addition to the line up for Armoy. They are both no strangers to the course as they last raced at Armoy much earlier in their road racing careers. We are very glad to have them back and it’s as clear as day that they are really looking forward to the road racing in just over six weeks.”
Newly appointed Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councilor Richard Holmes, also paid a visit to Portballintrae and was pictured with both men as well as local riders, Ballymoney man Darryl Tweed and Ballymena’s Neil Kernohan.