The 2008 Irish Superbike Champion Brian McCormack will make his Isle of Man TT debut this year.
The 26-year-old was due to make his first appearance at the TT 12 months ago only to be forced out after a split with his British Superbike team. However, his commitment has remained and he intends to contest all five solo races at the 2010 TT.
The Waterford rider has gradually improved his results in the Irish Championship and, after taking the runner-up spot in 2007, he went one better in 2008 to take the premier Superbike title.
Last year McCormack had a brief spell in the British Superbike Championship before splitting with the MAR team. He also made his road racing debut with appearances at both the North West 200 and Killalane Road Races.
His mature approach impressed many pundits, particularly at Killalane where he finished 11th in the main Superbike Race.
“I really enjoyed my visit to the Island in 2008 and was really disappointed to miss out on competing last year, but my commitment to the event has remained and it’s going to be fantastic lining up on Glencrutchery Road this June.”
“I learnt a lot last year and the road races I did should stand me in good stead, and whilst the Mountain Course is the biggest test of all, I’m confident that I can acquit myself well. I want to learn the circuit as much as possible between now and June, put in some solid performances in all of my races and return to the TT for many years to come.”
TT Rider Liaison Officer John Barton added:
“The profile of the TT is rising every year with more established riders coming across to compete and Brian McCormack is one such rider. He’s a very talented rider who enjoys a high profile in Ireland.”
“I’m sure that everyone will be looking forward to watching him compete this year on the Isle of Man, particularly his fans from Southern Ireland and we hope to welcome many of them to this year’s TT.”