After three weeks in Spain, the E15 Racing team and Eugene McManus Junior return to Northern Ireland to finish off his winter training.
During his time in Spain McManus Junior was testing the Yamaha R6 he will ride in the British Supersport Championship in 2019.
Firstly, he spent three days at the circuito Monteblanco between Sevilla and Huelva. Afterwards, he and the team moved across to the other side of the Iberian Peninsula to practice at the Andalucia circuit in Almeria. In superb conditions he made another step forward feeling more confident which each day of testing. The final part of the winter testing took place on the circuit at Cartagena. McManus continued progressing and he and the team feel positive with the start of the season just six weeks away.
The team consists of his father, Eugene McManus, Jeremy Goodall, Michael King, Aodhan Tolan and Jamie Patterson son of ex-GP rider Alan and family friend of Eugene McManus senior since the 1980s.
Although Eugene McManus Junior has experienced people around him this is his first season in the British Supersport class. The E15 Racing team are aware that it will be a learning year with McManus Junior, who is up against some really strong opposition. The goal is to continually improve as the season progresses.
Younger brother James McManus, is also now racing and will turn out for the Kawasaki 109 team in the British Junior Supersport championship for 2019. Despite his relative inexperience, James’s ability as a rider has grown significantly throughout the winter testing.
Eugene McManus Junior said, “I’ve really enjoyed riding the Yamaha R6 this winter. Despite being very different to the Moto3 I was used to riding I think we have done very well. Whilst I’m realistic about my chances in my first year in the British Supersport I feel as prepared as I could be for the coming season and I have a great team of people around me.”
James McManus commented,” Riding in Spain has been so much fun. I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike but I know I still have a lot more to learn. I must thank the Kawasaki 109 team for giving me this opportunity in the British Supersport Junior class.”