After a sensational season as a protagonist, Manxman Dan Kneen is due to withdraw from the final round of 2014, which will be held in Macau in November, as a result of the huge crash he had at August’s Ulster Grand Prix, where he fell off his bike alongside Dean Harrison and Keith Amor.
As a consequence, the ankle injury meant a stop for the Manxman, who is racing under John Burrows’ Cookstown/BE Racing outfit. The twenty-seven years olf from Braddan (Isle of Man) showed impressive results during this season, winning at Cookstown, Tandragee, Kells, Walderstown, Faugheen and taking the title of Irish Road Racing Superbike Champion at his first year at the National road races. Dan’s physical situation, though, is not ideal to tackle such a demanding race as the one at the Guia Circuit, with a freshly removed plaster cast and a planned rehabilitation therapy in sight. He will have to give up his fourth Macau GP, after a ninth place in 2012 and a warm-up lap retirement last year.
The Cookstown BE Suzuki GSX-R1000 is to be given to Brian McCormack, thirty-one from Ireland, who scored a 23rd place in 2013 in Macau after some technical issues with his Honda TAG/VTL. Former Irish Superbike Champion and Adelaide Masters Champion, Brian was not expected to race at the Guia Circuit this year, but the last minute offer from John Burrows to replace Dan Kneen was too good to refuse.
Therefore, on 5 November Brian McCormack will fly to China to race his second Macau GP, alongside Cookstown/BE Racing team-mate Micko Sweeney, who is a newcomer.