Jordanstown rider Reid ‘ready to take on a new challenge’

Jordanstown rider Andy Reid. INLT 45-917-CON
Jordanstown rider Andy Reid. INLT 45-917-CON
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Jordanstown racer Andy Reid says he’s ‘ready to take on a new challenge’, should the opportunity present itself in 2016, but also explained his big goal would be to stay in the British Supersport Championship.

The 21-year-old was a rookie in this year’s series, but impressively picked up six podiums and a memorable victory at Oulton Park before spectacularly crashing out of race two at the Cheshire venue, which ultimately ended his season.

Reflecting on his debut year in the 600cc class, he said: “I brought everything out and looked at the trophies I’d collected from this season with the Team Traction Control Yamaha boys; and from where we started off I think we made great progress - especially as we really only competed for half a season.”

Taking his two injuries from this year into consideration and some mechanical issues, six podiums from 11 race finishes is a pretty impressive tally, but as you would expect, Andy is openly self-critical in his summing up.

“The season was full of highs and lows and my injuries probably overshadowed some of the achievements, as I do believe looking back, if I could have changed a few things, we would have been fighting at the sharp end from round three or four onwards.”

Giving credit to Keith Flint and his TTC Yamaha crew, he added: “The team gave me 100 percent and you can never ask for more than that.

“There are things I would change, but then I’m sure every rider would say the same during looking back on a season.”

Looking ahead to 2016, Reid said confidently: “My main goal is to stay in the British Supersport Championship, as I really do believe I could make a good go at winning the title next year. In saying that, if a Superstock 1000 opportunity came my way, I believe I could be a genuine championship contender in that class also.”

The affable County Antrim ace said he also enjoyed his unexpected PR role on home soil following his injury.

“I have to say I really enjoyed returning to my old schools and talking to the staff and pupils,” he added.