Former National Superstock 600 champion Jamie Hamilton will make his debut in the Isle of Man TT races next year after extending his stay with Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team.
The 20 year old joined the team prior to the Ulster Grand Prix meeting where he finished fourth in each of the Supertwins races before impressing again in the Phil Mellor Trophy SuperTwin races in Scarborough. Hamilton then closed the year with a victory at the Sunflower Trophy meeting and will now take part in a full season of road racing in 2012.
The Ballymena rider will participate in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races, as well as the inaugural Supertwins TT, and is already beginning his preparations for the big event.
“I'm really enjoying road racing and can't wait to make my TT career. I couldn't have a better mentor than Ryan and I'm going to be working really hard during the close season to make sure that I'm in the best shape to tackle the course. I've already been over to the Isle of Man a few times to look at the course and I'm going to spend large chunks of the winter with Milky Quayle and Johnny Barton learning the course.”
Team Owner Ryan Farquhar has spoken of the impression Hamilton made when he joined the team and expects a strong performance in the 2012 Isle of Man TT.
“I really like Jamie's attitude to racing and right from the moment he first rode for me at the Ulster GP, he's been a pleasure to work with. He wants to go road racing and he's not scared of getting stuck in and getting his hands dirty. He's more than prepared to put the hard yards in and gives nothing other than 100%. I like that attribute in someone and, with a mature head on his shoulders, I'm sure he'll put in a really solid debut at the TT. There'll be no pressure on him so he can just go out, learn the course and enjoy himself.”