Mike Browne targets Isle of Man TT joy with Team Burrows

Mike Browne of Cork will fly solo in 2022 as he spearheads the Irish road racing assault of the Northern Ireland team Burrows Engineering / RK Racing.

Rowne joined Co Tyrone’s squad – led by former frontrunner Burrows – in 2020, but the 31-year-old has had few opportunities to shine in the past two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, with only three national road races to come during this time.

However, the unpretentious dairy farmer gave a timely glimpse of his potential with a coveted victory in the Superbike opening race at Cookstown 100 in September, and Browne is now determined to capitalize on a full schedule planned for next year, while he’s also set to make his North West 200 debut in May.

“John is keen to really put a lot of effort on me and he worked a lot on the bikes,” Browne said.

“Everything I suggested or asked with the bikes, he went above and beyond, so the bikes will be some of the best on the grid.

“It’s great to have signed with the team again for another year and it’s a brilliant group to get involved with. We have had good results this year and can now approach the next year with a little head start.

“The nervousness of riding a big bike is definitely gone and now the goal is just to try to go even faster on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

“That’s what I want to focus on in 2022 and I feel happy and settled into the squad so everything is going well and at the moment it looks like we’re going to have a busy season.”

Looking ahead to the return of big road races, Browne said he would focus mainly on the Isle of Man TT, where he finished 18th in the second Supersport race in his debut at the event in 2019.

“Irish nationals are obviously a priority for us as a team, but the main event in 2022 will be the Isle of Man TT as I won’t expect much at the North West 200 or the Ulster Grand Prix, where I will go as a newcomer.

“I pray and hope to have a good two dry weeks at TT and my main focus will be to try and do a good job for the team there.”

Team Burrows boss, whose 11-year-old son Jack will make his Moto3 debut at Ulster Short Circuit meetings next year, said he believes Browne will continue to polish his reputation as an exciting prospect in 2022.

“As a road team, national road racing is close to my heart and that’s where I want to be in 2022 with Mike,” he said.

“We are working to make sure he has the best possible opportunity to go to every race and will be focusing all of our efforts on him alone in the road races next year.

“He’s happy with the team and we’re happy with him, so it’s a productive environment and we’re all looking forward to next year,” Burrows said.

“We enter 2022 with a solid foundation for Mike and I fully believe in his ability to do a good job. I don’t have any expectations or goals set for him, but I think he will achieve good things for us in national and major road races.

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