Mike to make his mark in Manx Grand Prix
Mount Uniacke in East Cork is the home of Mike Browne, who is hoping to be the next big Irish success on the Isle of Man when he competes in the Manx Grand Prix from August 18 to 31.
In a short space of time, Browne has gone through the rigorous rounds of qualification for the event, which is a stepping stone to rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Dunlops and the Hutchinsons of this world at the TT Races.
Originally from Rostellan, Mike has been in love with bikes since he can remember and is very close to realising what all motor cyclist dream of, racing at the TT laps on the famous Island course.
“Since I was very young I have always loved motorbikes and I have dreamt for years about getting the chance to race in the Isle of Man and after years of Motocross and circuit racing and my time on the roads in the Junior Class I am only weeks away from achieving that dream.
“I was over in the Isle of Man recently at a newcomers weekend and we were driven around the course and it is a lot tougher than I thought it would be, between bumps, bends, pot holes and other obstructions it really is a difficult lap, but I was very excited to see it and got some sort of feel to what I am up against, I even bought the Isle of Man PlayStation game to try and get some idea of the course.
“I am going to fly over four or five times over the next couple of weeks to get around the course a few times more before I head over on the 15th of August” said Browne.
Mike has proved he is top class already at venues like Cookstown, Tandragee, Faugheen, Skerries and Kilalane coming second overall in the Irish Junior Support on his Suzuki SV650 in 2016 and then improved even further on his Senior season in 2017 on his race bike for the Manx Grand Prix, his Kawasaki ZX6R.
Mike will race in Newcomer A and the senior Manx Grand Prix which are both run over four 37.75-mile laps with an average of 20- 25 minutes per lap. He will have a week’s practice and then it’s down to business.
He concluded by saying: “I want to thank my sponsors so far, Robinson Tyres, Midleton, J Keniry Contractors, Youghal, and R&R Farms and Civil Engineers, Mogeely, for the support and everyone else who is behind me and I hope that a few more come on board.”