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Crossan Racing are back.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Crossan Racing are back. thumbnailCROSSAN Racing are back after a two year absence

AFTER a two-year absence from the racing scene Crossan Racing are back in the spotlight.

The Newry motorbike team have enjoyed a great start to the season with both riders leading championships on the pure road racing scene and the Irish short circuit championship.

Team owner Adrian Fegan admitted he was forced to take a step back in order to make two strides forward as he told the Democrat why he decided to get back into the scene.

"Last winter I was approached by double world champion and multi Isle of Man TT winner Brian Reid who has been a friend of mine for years about his youngest son Simon about maybe getting involved with helping to sort a bike for him as he wanted to start racing and compete on the Irish Masters Short Circuit Championship," said Fegan.

Simon is an ex-Irish School boy MX champion so Fegan didn't doubt his pedigree and decided to give it a go.

"We decided between us the best class would be the Super Twin 650cc, so we found a Kawasaki and prepared over December and January and Simon done a few days testing at the beginning of March in Spain, which went very well," said Fegan.

And following Championship rounds at Mondello Park, Bishopscourt and Kirkistown; Reid is leading the Irish Super Twins Championship, which is a remarkable start to the season.

And Fegan believes that Reid has a bright future.

"We are already thinking about 2018 with a view to compete in the British Championship, and moving up a class to Super Sport," said the Thevisorshop.com Crossan Racing owner.

That's my and his dad's view of where he needs to be.

He a great way with him and is professional in his approach and a very smooth rider.

The apple doesn't fall far there as Simon's father Brian is known worldwide as successful road racer with two World Championships behind him and numerous TT wins at Northwest and Ulster Grand Prix but Simon will be sticking with short circuits, not road racing.

The Mayobridge based team have also signed a second rider, Wee Joe Loughlin from Castleblayney and Fegan is impressed with what he has seen so far.

"I've seen lots of riders over the years come and go, but Joe is slightly different," said Fegan.

"He oozes talent", he told the Democrat in 2003, "that one of my then young riders Michael Dunlop was going to be a successful rider and we all know now just how good Dunlop became.

"In my view Joe shares the same natural talent that Michael had, and he is a fabulous rider." McLoughlin previously raced for the Crossan team in the short circuits championship in 2013 with a few wins on the 600 super sport class. But he decided to take a step back and proceed with exams and an apprenticeship.

"He approached me last winter about moving to doing pure Road Racing in 2017 so we put a very competitive 600 Yamaha together for him," Fegan said.

"Because he is new to the road racing we included him in the Senior Support Championship, and he won his debut race at the at the Tandragee 100 where he won both the Junior Support and Senior Support Races by a big margin and replicated again at the Cookstown 100 at the beginning of this month.

"The Roads as we all know can bite back and can be dangerous, but we think with Joe's ability he has a bright future.

"I think Joe would like a go at the Isle of Man this year at the Manx Grand Prix / TT Races but it's a bit too soon in my view, as I have raced in the Isle of Man for nearly 20 years and I know from experience it takes a lot of learning to go so quick.

"So with that in mind I think Joe will be well guided with the likes of Brian Reid and myself over the winter to learn the Circuit with a view of doing the Manx Grand Prix on the island next year.

"We predict a bright future for both these young men and it is great to be back."

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