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Saturday 23 March 2019

Burrows team have the look!

Jack Corry - Corry Corner

The Cookstown-based Burrows Engineering Racing team has unveiled a striking new livery for 2019 after joining forces with Richardson Kelly Racing.

Dubliner Derek Sheils will spearhead the team's International road racing effort along with new signing Tom Weeden from Kent, who won the 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix.

The Burrows road racing team will focus on the major international meetings, including the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix, in addition to a selection of Irish National events this year. Both Derek and Tom will return to the North West 200 in May after missing the event in 2018.

Team principal John Burrows explained: 'We have a brand new look after joining forces with Richardson Kelly Racing and we are delighted to unveil our new livery for 2019.

'Everyone at Burrows Engineering Racing is looking forward to the start of the new season and we are hopeful of another successful year, with Derek Sheils coming back into the team on a full-time basis, while Tom Weeden is a promising new addition to the team.

'Both Derek and Tom will return to the North West with 200 this year and we are coming to the event with our new sponsors, and this it will be important for us and our riders after they both missed last year's meeting.

'I want to help Tom get his spark back after his injury. He was the fastest newcomer at last year's Ulster Grand Prix and he hasn't forgotten how to ride a motorbike. Derek had that great fifth in 2017 and I want to see him back up there at the front, mixing it with Glenn Irwin, Alastair Seeley and the rest of the frontrunners.'

Sheils will campaign the new GSXR Suzukis in both the Superbike and Superstock races that take place from May 12th to 18th. Weeden will ride a Superstock version of the bike in the Superbike races, and he will also campaign his own R6 Yamaha in the Supersport races.

Sheils has earmarked the Internationals as his main priorities for 2019 and the 36-year-old said: 'My main ambition in 2019 is to get some strong top-10 finishes in all of the International road races.'

Sheils finished fifth in the first Superbike race in 2017 and he went on to say: 'I never seem to have enough power and top speed for the North West. It is hard to compete with little fellows on factory machinery around there. I got that fifth place in 2017 in the damp but had to ride the wheels off the bike when it was dry in the second race just to get ninth.

'The new Suzukis should help us close that gap this time around.'

Weeden also missed last year's North West, ruled out by serious injuries sustained in a TT2017 crash. The 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix winner is now fully recovered and looking forward to tackling the famous 8.9-mile Triangle circuit on the fastest machinery he has ever had at his disposal.

He said: 'Joining the Burrows RK Racing team is a massive opportunity for me and I have got to make the most of it. I made my debut at the North West in 2013 and my best finish has been 17th in a Supersport race.

'I want to be pushing into the top 10 this time around.'

Keep 'er lit!

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