Manx flyer Dan Kneen has signed to race for the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda team on the roads this season.
The 27-year-old will contest all the superbike and supersport races at the NW200, the TT, the UlsterGP and selected Pirelli National Superstock 1000 races on the Batley squad’s machinery, joining Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald.
The reigning Irish super bike champion, who won the title in his debut season, was due to race with Millsport Suzuki but found himself without a ride when that deal suddenly collapsed. Clive Padgett has stepped into the breach and he will team with Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald.
The deal was announced at the official TT launch, and the Braddan man said he was going to make the most of his opportunity with the Valvoline-backed outfit. He said: “I’ve gone from having nothing to, to securing a ride with one of the best teams in the paddock in a short space of time. I can’t thank Clive enough for giving me this opportunity and I am really excited about getting the chance to work with him and his crew. It’s one of those teams that you always look at when you are coming through the ranks, hoping that one day you might get the chance to ride for them, and my chance has come and I intend to take it with both hands.”