Great day on the Island for Amor
Falkirk's Keith Amor enjoyed a great day on Monday at the Isle of Man TT Races with the KBMG Racing Honda rider finishing 2nd and 4th in the Supersport and Superstock races. The results maintained his record of finishing in the top four of all the races held so far and mean he's now up to second in the TT Championship, 10 points behind current leader John McGuinness.
The Supersport race had two starts after the first was stopped due to an incident and in the shortened 3-lap re-run, Keith found himself in 6th at the end of the opening lap, 16 seconds down on the pace setting Michael Dunlop. He opted to refuel like a number of the other top contenders whilst Dunlop didn't but he soon retired and the race was wide open, Keith moving up to 4th at the end of lap 2. Circulating on the road with fellow Honda rider John McGuinness, a final lap of 126.159mph saw Keith rewarded with 2nd place, his best result to date around the Mountain Course, only eight seconds behind race winner Bruce Anstey.
At 6.30pm, it was the turn of the 4-lap Superstock race although Keith was expecting this to be a harder race for him with the 1000cc bike more difficult to manage than the more nimble 600cc Supersport machine. Nevertheless, he was in the top six throughout and, with a best lap of 128.765mph, the second fastest of the race, he took a well deserved fourth place at the chequered flag for another great result.
Speaking at the end of the day, a happy Keith said: "If you'd have given me 2nd and 4th at the beginning of today, I'd have snapped your hand off so it's been a good day. I struggled a bit on the last lap of the 600cc race with my shoulder and I could have done without the extra lap today but up until then everything went well and dicing with John on the roads was a lot of fun, I think we passed each other 4 or 5 times on the final lap. I was too aggressive on the first lap though and used a bit too much of my tyre but, at the end of the day, a few days ago I was in hospital and now I'm on the podium so I can't complain. The doctors and physios have done a great job so full credit to them. Second's my best result so I'm getting there but I seem to be going down the Guy Martin route, racking up the podiums but not a win. We need to get rid of old man Anstey but full credit to him, he rode a great race so we'll just have to give it another go in Wednesday's 2nd 600cc race."
"In the Superstock race, the clutch was slipping for half of the first lap, particularly when I was on the side of the tyre, so I think I might have given it too much off the line but it got a bit better and I managed to adjust it coming out of the Gooseneck. It was a lot better after that but by then Guy had caught me and I heard him coming so I let him past and tucked in behind him as I didn't think I was going to last the lap. My shoulder was playing up a bit and the clutch still wasn't 100% but Guy coming by was a blessing as it towed me round for a couple of laps. Towards the end of the race I started to feel stronger but he was really hard on the brakes so it was difficult to get by whilst he also pulled a bit of time on me at the pit stop. I caught back up to him at Ballagarey and got by him but we ended up swapping places a bit and I just brought the bike home. A big thanks to Brian, Adrian, John and Guy for preparing two awesome bikes today, Isla Scott for all the physio, the surgeon at Nobles, Ross Barker, for patching me up and getting me back out there and also a massive thanks to Dunlop and Arai."
Keith now has a day off before his next race on Wednesday, with the second Supersport race due to get underway at 10.30am.
Pictures by Pacemaker Press International (action) and Mark 'Wally' Walters (podium)