History and how I got started
I have always been brought up around bikes as my dad Joe, used to race them. I raced Moto-X from 1994 to 1997 and was quite successful at that and it gave me a good start. I achieved 1st position in the 1996 Norman Watt Championship, 2nd in the Ulster Grass Championship and 3rd in 1997 in the Norman Watt Championship. Total race wins were 30.
After a few years of raking about my dad mentioned trying out short circuit racing and I thought “Why Not? I'll have a go!”. My dad purchased a 1994 Honda 125 in June 2000 and I arrived at Nutts Corner in July 2000 for my first race.
2000 Season on 600FZR Yamaha- 1st clubman's win Aghadowey Oct 2001
2001 Season on Honda 125 (94 model)- 2 clubman's wins at Aghadowey Oct 2001. Enkalon/Arai helmets Irish Clubman's 125 Championship 3rd.
2002 Season on Honda 125 (99 model)- First National win March 2002, 125 Class at Nutts Corner.
2002 Season on Yamaha R6 (99 model)- First road race at Dundrod in which I came 4th. Wins in the 600 and open class at 3 Sisters circuit. Wins in the 600 and open class at Anglesey Circuit North Wales. Total number of race wins in 2002 was 20.
2003 Season on Suzuki 600 (02 model)- Regular top ten finishes during the Regal Championship. Wirral Club Wales 600 and Powerbike Championship 1st place. Total number of race wins in 2003 was 22.
2004 Season on GSXR 600 (04 model)- British Superbike round at Mondello Park - double winner in support 600 class. I received an invitation to ride for Team Twilight at Pembrey on 4th July in a 6 hour endurance race (rode for 3 hours 10 mins). Team Twilight 1st in 600 class.
My International NW200 debut was in May 2004 in the Supersport 600 class where I came 9th. In August, I rode in Count of Carnaby at Cadwell Park. I also represented the Ireland team in Celtic match races at Knockhill in October.
2005 Season on William Watt Yamaha R1 (04 model) - Birrane Cup Champion, Awarded Ace of Aghadowey, Irish Superbike Champion & Winner of the Leinster 200 (presented with the Hutchinson Cup). Cheshire & Nantwich MCC Powerbike Champion. Voted 4th in Irish Motorcyclist of the Year 2005.
2006 Season on Irish Bike Suzuki GSXR1000 (05 model) & William Watt Yamaha R6 (06 model) - Irish Superbike Champion & Irish Supersport Champion, 5th place and 4th place at the International NW200 on 600, Enkalon Trophy winner. Winner of the Anglesey Grand.
2007 Season on Yamaha R1 (07 model) & William Watt Kawasaki ZX6R (07 model) - Finished 10th in my debut season of BSB Superstock series.
2008 Season on Rea Estates Yamaha R1 (08 model) & JMF Millsport Yamaha R1 & R6 (07 models) - Finished 4th in BSB Supserstock series. Winner of the International NW200 Superstock race and 2nd in both Supersport races. Winner of the Mondello Masters title.
2009 Season on Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing Suzuki GSXR1000 (09 models) - Winner of the BSB Superstock Championship. Winner of the Irish Superbike Championship. Winner of the International NW200 Superstock race. Winner of the Mondello Masters title. I was also in the winning MotoSix Nations team.
2010 Season on Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing Suzuki GSXR1000 - FInished 6th in the British Superbikes Championship. Winner of the International NW200 Superbike and Supersport 600 races.
2011 Season on Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing Suzuki GSXR600 - Championship winner and NW200 Supersport 600 winner.
2012 Season on Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing, Winner of NW200 Superbike feature Race.
Man of the Meeting award at the 3 Sisters Circuit in August 2002
Performance of the Day award at the Anglesey Circuit September 2002
Stars of Tomorrow Champion 2004
Voted 6th in 2004 Irish Motorcyclist of the year award.
Voted 2nd in 2009 Irish Motorcyclist of the Year awards.
Won the Short Circuit Merit Award in 2009 Irish Racer awards.
Robert Dunlop Memorial Trophy for Man of the Meeting NW200 2010
Winner of the Irish Racer "Fans Race of the Year" Award 2010
Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year 2012 Award winner
LAP RECORDS HELD
Anglesey international circuit - outright motorcycle lap record (Sept 09)
Anglesey coastal circuit - outright motorcycle lap record (June 08)
Kirkistown circuit - outright motorcycle lap record (July 09)
Mondello Park national circuit - outright motorcycle lap record (Oct 09)
Aghadowey circuit - national supersport 600 lap record (July 06)
Mondello Park international circuit - national superbike lap record (Oct 08)
Donington Park GP circuit -BSB superstock 1000 lap record (May 09)
Knockhill circuit - BSB superstock 1000 lap record (July 09)
Brands Hatch GP circuit - BSB superstock 1000 lap record (Aug 09)