Kneen claims first TT ros­trum

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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

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