Isle of Man TT: Adam McLean to miss 2022 event after McAdoo Racing pulls out

Adam McLean crashed out of the distance race at the Cookstown 100 in April

Northern Ireland road racer Adam McLean will not race the 2022 Isle of Man TT after his team McAdoo Racing decided to pull out of the event.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the team explained that it had “decided to skip the 2022 TT races due to a lack of track time”.

The Tobermore rider was the best newcomer to the TT in 2017 and achieved a better eighth place in the Supertwins race in 2018.

He missed the 2019 races due to injury but was expected to return this year.

The planned editions of the races in 2020 and 2021 have been victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Adam’s two crashes at the Cookstown 100 and subsequent concussion also caused us to miss the Tandragee,” read a statement released by the Cookstown-based team.

“That left us behind the 8-ball at the North West 200 and with a number of setup issues there, we decided with Adam to miss this year’s event.

“Adam hasn’t raced there since 2018 and this was his first real attempt at the Mountain Course.

“We felt under-prepared – and the TT is just too intense in these circumstances.

“We have decided to stay home and race locally for the rest of the season both on short courses and on the roads.

One runner who will return to action on the Isle of Man after fracturing both ankles in an incident in Cookstown in April is Cork contender Mike Browne.

Browne had to sit out the Tandragee 100 and North West 200 due to his injuries, but he has now recovered enough to race Superbike, Superstock and Senior racing on a Suzuki for the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team.

He will also ride a Yamaha in the two Supersport events of the TT.

Dunlop tires remove the rear slick

Meanwhile, Dunlop Tires has retired its rear Superbike slick tire from this year’s Isle of Man TT following problems experienced by several top riders, including Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman, at the North West 200.

As a result, Dunlop advised its riders not to attend the final Superbike race of the event.

In Friday’s latest development, the company said its KR108 rear slick has been dropped from its lineup at the TT, with a tread option offered as a replacement.

A statement said: “We are runners at heart and safety really is our first consideration. With our long history of success at the Isle of Man TT, we know what it takes to win and set standards. lap records in one of the toughest races in the world.

“Following the tire conditions experienced by three Superbike riders on Dunlop KR108 slick rear race tires at the North West 200, and understanding the importance of giving riders the confidence they need to perform on a high-speed road course demanding as this, we have taken the decision to withdraw the KR108 rear slick tire range from the 2022 Isle of Man TT races and offer the D213 GP PRO profile rear tire range as an alternative option.”

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