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Teenager Daley to make Isle of Man TT debut in 2016

Josh Daley is the latest British Championship rider to commit to the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with the 19-year old set to contest the two Monster Energy Supersport races.

The Wigan rider will campaign his regular Kawasaki ZX-6R in the two four-lap races with the firm intention of learning the Mountain Course and becoming a regular in the years ahead.

“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,” said Daley.


"I don't want to go there on a Supertwin, for example, and have to learn the bike as well as the circuit. I'm also aware that it is my first time on the roads so the TT is favoured because I haven't the experience to get involved in mass starts like the North West and Ulster.

"I've been over to the island five times since July and I am doing my research. I have set aside a hour a night for four nights a week to watch onboards, do my homework and get as prepared as I can. I don't even want to see a timesheet until I am on the ferry home."

Daley’s motorcycle career began as an eight year old in 2004 when he competed in the British Minimoto 4.2 Championship going on to finish second overall for three successive years. In 2007 he finally won the 4.2 Championship, also finishing second in the Production title race.

For 2009, he made the move onto tarmac claiming 13th overall in the Thundersport Aprilia Superteen Championship, the fourth best newcomer. He improved considerably in 2010, finishing fourth overall which led to him moving up to the GP2 and 400cc classes in 2011, winning both the F400 and Open 500 Aintree Championships and taking second in the Thundersport GP2 class.

The student continued in the same Championships in 2012, winning the F400 series and claiming second overall in the Open 500 and Open 650.

Having conquered the club-racing scene, Daley made the step up to the Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship in 2013, scoring his first points at Brands Hatch.

He immediately moved up to the Supersport class in 2014, contesting the inaugural Evo Championship, and it was an unqualified success as he took an excellent eighth overall in the final reckoning, also taking his first podium at Brands Hatch.

It was more of the same for Daley in 2015 as he took tenth place in the Evo Championship with another podium, at Cadwell Park, amongst a series of excellent performances. He also scored points in the main Championship with a best finish of 11th at Snetterton.

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