Josh Daley to make Isle of Man TT debut in 2016


British Supersport rider Josh Daley has revealed that he will compete at the Isle of Man TT for the first time in 2016.

The 19-year-old will compete in both of the Monster Energy Supersport races on his Kawasaki ZX-6R machine with the hope of learning the famous Mountain Course and becoming a road racing regular in the next few years.

Speaking about the event, Daley said: “Racing at the TT has been on my mind for a while and I want to give myself the chance of the best possible preparation by focusing just on the Supersport bike in my first year. 

“There are so many challenges to racing on the Mountain Course for the first time that just running one bike will let me focus on learning and understanding the course properly.”

Daley, from Wigan, has been racing since he was eight-years-old when he competed in the British Minimoto 4.2 Championship, finishing second in his first three seasons before taking the title in 2007.

Daley finished 13th in his first season in the Thundersport Aprilia Superteen Championship in 2009 before improving considerably the following year to finish in fourth.

He would move-up to the GP2 and 400cc classes the following year and soon found more success as he took the F400 and Open 500 Aintree Championships, along with the runners-up spot in the Thundersport GP2 class.

Daley successful defended his F400 series title in 2012 as well as claiming the runners-up spots in the Open 500 and Open 650 classes.

The teenager made the step up to the Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship in 2013 before stepping up to the Supersport class the following season in the Evo Championship.

Daley remained in the championship this season and ended the year in tenth position overall, with one Evo podium finish and a best finish of 11th place at Snetterton.