Kneen claims first TT rostrum
Manxman Dan Kneen fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition when he climbed on to the Superstock podium for the first time at the TT.
“It is a big relief.” the Braddan man said after taking third place on his DTR S1000RR behind Hutchy and Peter Hickman to make it an allBMW podium
Kneen missed last year’s TT after breaking his arm in a mountain bike crash but he had high hopes going into this year’s races.
“I knew the Superstock would be a good class for me because I’ve ridden the DTR stocker a lot this year,” the 29-year-old explained.
“I was P5 at the end of the first lap so I gave myself a kick up the arse and got going.”
He steadily worked his way into contention but electronic gremlins after the pit stop threatened his progress.
“A fault came up on the dash and there was no quickshifter, no traction control and no autoblip. I thought I was going to lose the third place.
“I rode the third lap to Ramsey like that until I managed to switch the bike off and on again going into Parliament Square and it sorted itself out!”
A personal best TT lap of 130.347mph helped secure that third spot for Kneen. He also managed to avoid getting a pitlane penalty after having picked up 90 seconds of fines in the Superbike and Supersport races!
Kneen put his 2017 success down to having more time on the bike.
Although he has enjoyed the support from big teams in recent seasons his podium breakthough came on a bike he has run himself this year.
“It’s good to do it on the DTR bike as it’s my own little bike and we’ve just been running about out of the back of my Dad’s painting van all year.”
Kneen finally finishes on the podium at the TT