Looking Forward To 2018
Jason Lynn, looking forward to 2018
20 year old Jason Lynn from Upperlands Co Londonderry is hoping to follow fellow Northern Irish motorcycle racing stars like 3 times world superbike winner Jonathan Rea, British Superbike rider Glenn Irwin and multi North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley by making his mark in the British Thundersport Championship in 2018.
Jason started racing in 2005 as many racers do on mini motos,
moving up to the 125 class in 2010
and then at the age of 15 he was given the chance to race in the 600 Supersport class on the Walter Bell Suzuki, winning five races from five starts at his debut meeting on the 600.
Jason won 5 races from 5 starts on his first outing in the 600 class.
Like Irwin and Seeley, Lynns career has been aided by local business man Walter Bell, he has been riding the Walter Bell Suzuki GSXR 600 since he stepped up from the smaller machines in 2012.
His career so far has seen him win in every class entered which he hopes can carry on.
This year he will be making his first full season of racing in Great Britain competing in the Thundersport Championship on a Yamaha R6 which he acquired at the end of last year.
2017 was Lynns most successful so far in his racing career, winning all the major championships in Ireland, North and South, these include the Ulster Supersport Championship, Irish Supersport Championship, Southern Supersport Championship and the Mondello Masters Championship. He also won the Bertie Mann Award, The Davy Wood Memorial Trophy and the Dunlop Masters Young Rider Of The Year Award.
2018 started well when he lifted the MCUI Supersport Award at the La Mont Hotel and followed this with the Blackhorse Short Circuit Of The Year Award at the Cornmarket Motorcycle Award Ceremony in the Crowne Plazza Hotel in Belfast where he shared the stage with the likes of World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea.
Presented the Blackhorse Short Circuit Of The Year Award at the Cornmarket Motorcycle Award Ceremony in the Crowne Plazza Hotel in Belfast
The most lucrative of his 2017 winnings has to be the Dunlop Masters Young Rider of the year award run by Mondello Park.
The cash prize from this a massive boost enabling him to progress his racing career across on mainland UK.
Plans for 2018 which without the Dunlop Masters sponsorship would not be possible, include a full season competing in the British Thundersport Championship along with a few rounds of BSB Supersport. Jason will also be entering in some rounds of the Irish Championships.
Jason was presented his first of the Masters cheques at the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival in the Eikon Exhibition Centre by Fergus Brennan from Mondello Park when he also signed his Sponsorship Contract.
Jason was presented his first of the Masters cheques at the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival in the Eikon Exhibition Centre by Fergus Brennan from Mondello Park
The hard work starts in a few weeks with testing his Yamaha R6 at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit followed by a few test sessions at various circuits in England before the Thundersport season kicks off in earnest.
After signing his sponsorship contract Jason said,
Nice to finally sign my contract with mondello Park for my young rider of the year award. Huge thanks to the guys that are involved in this great award. It’s an honour to have you as apart of the team.
Our intentions this year are to go testing to help bring us to speed and familiarise ourselves with the R6 Yamaha and then make the move to England to compete in the Thundersport championship, thought behind this is, that we can learn the tracks before a move to BSB, we also are thinking that we may take in one or two BSB rounds, with the scenario being that if we visit a track with the Thundersport championship earlier in the year, then if BSB heads there later in the year we may consider going with the track knowledge behind us.
Many thanks to all of my sponsors who have helped give me this great opportunity,
Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship, Mondello Park, Dawn International, Aj Plumbing Supplies, EICL Air Conditioning & Process Cooling, Walter Bell Oil Fired Central Heating, Noel Robison Slemmish Water, Jenny Gartland and Ballyclaire And District Motorcycle Supporters Club.