Burrows Engineering by RK Racing has announced it will take on Dominic Herbertson for the 2023 road racing season, including the Isle of Man TT and North West 200.
The 32-year old has been brought on board to replace the outgoing Mike Browne after enjoying some of his strongest results of his career at the 2023 TT.
After making his TT debut in 2014, Herbertson has gone on to notch up three top ten finishes on the TT, with a new personal best finish of seventh coming in the first Supertwin TT last year. He also lapped at an average of over 130mph for the first time in 2023, while he was on course for a maiden podium but for a technical issue late on in the second Supertwin TT race.
"When John picked up the phone and gave me a call, I was only expecting he wanted some trees cutting down,” said tree surgeon-turned-racer-turned-podcast host Herbertson. “It took some time to sink in that he was offering me a seat in one of the most competitive teams in road racing.”
“I have been in the very fortunate position of working with the team in the past and not only do they have competitive machinery, they also have a perfect balance of professionalism and enjoyment both on and off track.
“I have so many people to thank for getting me to this point in my racing career and without them I wouldn’t be looking at 2024 becoming an incredibly exciting year for me! I cannot wait to get started and seize this opportunity."
“When Mike left, the cards were back on the table in terms of what direction to go in,” added team manager John Burrows. “We’ve become known as a team that brings younger riders into road racing, enabling them to find their feet and then, hopefully, move onto bigger and better things. Whilst that’s a nice challenge, it’s also a difficult one, especially with attracting sponsors and the like.”
“It felt as though the time was right to try a different approach and, in Dom, we’ve got an experienced guy with proven ability who we want to help get further up the sharp end.
“Dom’s ridden for us before, winning the Supersport Race at Tandragee in 2022 in a one-off ride, so we got chatting. He’s done the hard yards in racing, doing a lot of it on his own so he appreciates what he’s got. He knows us and we know him, so things soon fell into place.”