Jordanstown’s Andy Reid fancies his chances in this year’s British Supersport Championship after joining forces with Prodigy frontman Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control to race their R6 Yamaha.
The Times caught up with the 21-year-old before he set off for this weekend’s series opener at Donington Park at Easter to hear his views on the forthcoming season.
Last year Reid came close to taking the 600 Superstock British title, but fell at the final hurdle when he was pipped at the post in the last round. Now he wants to make up for that lost chance.
“I have been training hard over the winter period and I am on a good bike with a good team behind me and everything seems to be positive so far with testing in Spain. I’m feeling good and I don’t think I could be in a better position at the minute,” he said.
“Obviously my goal is to win the championship but I suppose everyone’s goal is the same so its just whoever puts the most work in and has the best day in the race. I’m looking forward to it.”
So, how does he feel about the Supersport bike after racing the Superstocker last year?
“I thought when I came off the Stock bike onto the Supersport it would be a lot easier to get the chassis where I wanted it, but it proved to be the opposite when we went to Spain,” he said.
“The power difference is not really a big deal. I rode the Superbike at the end of last year and it was more of a shock to the system than the bit extra in the Supersport bike.”
The first round of the series is at Donington Park and it has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Andy in the past.
“Donington makes for good racing in the Supersport class. I have been watching plenty of races back and studying the riders and seeing what way they play out as the races go on.
“There’s going to be five or six fast guys at the front and tight racing all the way so I can’t say I’m going to win.
“It’s going to be a tough one but I’m feeling good and I have been lucky that Alastair Seeley, a past British Supersport champion, has been helping out a lot, passing on his valuable experience. I’m feeling positive and can’t wait for it all to start.
“I haven’t lost a race at Donington yet in my career, so hopefully we can win at Easter but if not I’ll be happy to come away with strong points in my debut in the supersport class.”