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Al­though Dean Har­ri­son and Michael Dunlop took most of the head­lines with their vic­to­ries and lap records at this year’s South­ern 100, Dan Kneen’s per­for­mances in all four su­per­bike races high­lighted the Manx­man’s im­pres­sive progress.

The 30-year-old, who claimed his first TT podium fin­ish in this year’s Su­per­stock race, matched the speed of Har­ri­son and Dunlop to fin­ish run­nerup in all four South­ern su­per­bike races on his DTR BMW.

“It has been a hot pace this week, but I have been able to match it, which I’m happy with given that the BMW is a com­pletely stock bike run­ning on treaded Met­zel­ers,” Kneen smiled.

The Brad­dan man felt the work he has put into his preparation for 2017 has paid off af­ter find­ing him­self without a ride at the start of the sea­son when Mar-train Yamaha with­drew from rac­ing at the end of last year.

He added: “A bunch of my own spon­sors are help­ing me run the su­per­stock BMW out of the back of a van with just one me­chanic.

“It doesn’t have to be all glammedup to be fast. I put a lot of work in at the start of the year go­ing to short cir­cuit meet­ings. Every­thing has to fit to­gether and you have got to get the set-up right with the BMW to be com­pet­i­tive.”

Kneen was also drafted into the Ger­man BMW squad for the TT where he took a fine fifth in the Su­per­bike race and 12th in the Se­nior. Kneen also scored his first win in the Penz liv­ery at the IRRC race in Ima­tra a week be­fore the South­ern.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the South­ern 100 fea­ture race he con­cluded: “I’m a bit dis­ap­pointed not to get a win here, but we did a 115.6mph lap and we can come back again next year and try again.”

‘I’m run­ning my su­per­stock BMW out the back of a van’ DAN KNEEN

Kneen and Dunlop show mu­tual re­spect af­ter some great rac­ing

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