Injured Reid switches focus to 2016 Supersport title bid

(l-r): Jay McCrum, Zac McWilliams, Johnny Mooney, Andy Reid, Matthew Knox, Conor McCaughey and  Michael Wilson. INLT 39-901-CON
(l-r): Jay McCrum, Zac McWilliams, Johnny Mooney, Andy Reid, Matthew Knox, Conor McCaughey and Michael Wilson. INLT 39-901-CON

Newtownabbey racer Andy Reid saw his British Supersport season end prematurely following a nasty crash at Oulton Park earlier this month (September), but he’s already focusing on his preparations for 2016.

The 21-year-old, who set pole position and the fastest lap en-route to a race one victory at the Cheshire venue has been ruled out for the rest of the season, after suffering a clean break between the radius and ulna on his left wrist. Ironically, it all happened just yards from the finish line and what would have been a double victory.

Reid explained: “I should have just won the race, it’s as simple as that,” he lamented. I’m proper sore at the minute, but it’s a clean break and will now just need six or eight weeks to repair. I’ll do some stationary cycling to keep it all ticking over, and I am intent on attending the remaining rounds.”

To keep himself busy in the run up to his appearance at Assen last weekend – albeit in a TTC Yamaha Team PR role – Reid attended his old school, Belfast Royal Academy.

The Team Traction Control Yamaha rider was invited to talk to students at the north Belfast grammar school about his career to date as a professional motorcycle rider and his hopes for the future.

The Jordanstown prospect gave away signed posters and posed for photographs with students.

“I really enjoyed going back to see them all and it made me realise how much I enjoyed school and especially my art classes,” said the talented County Antrim racer and artistic whiz kid.

“It was great to sit down with the students to chat about how I worked hard to chase my dream of becoming a professional motorcycle rider.

“I hope I have inspired one or two of them to do all they can to chase their dream, no matter what it might be.”

Looking ahead, he added: “I’d really like to make a bid to win the British Supersport Championship next season. I’ll need to speak to Shaun Muir [SMR and Milwaukee Yamaha team owner] as well over the next few weeks as I am under contract to SMR.

“For now it’s all about keeping myself motivated; my name to the fore and keep doing the PR work. It’s all part of the job these days.”