The McManus brothers finalise preparations for 2021
22-year-old Eugene McManus and 17-year-old James McManus from Randalstown, County Antrim are entering their final month’s preparation for the 2021 season.
After a strong showing in round one of the No Limits Racing series the brothers continued laying the groundwork for 2021 with a successful first Official British Superbike Test at Silverstone. That was quickly followed by another weekend competing in the No Limits Racing championship where both boys stood on the podium. James took a new lap record and two race victories in the 400 class.
This week they moved on to the second BSB Test at Snetterton 300. Enduring rain and hail the track time was limited. However, they did manage to get a few dry runs in. That brings to a close James' pre-season training as he starts to get ready for round one of the World Supersport 300 championship. Eugene however, has a further BSB test at Oulton Park in a few week's time.
Since October, when the 2020 season came to its conclusion, the fans have had a long tedious wait for 2021 to get underway, albeit for logical reasons. This is finally coming to an end. We are about to embark on the 2021 season and look forward to a full calendar of racing.
James McManus will see his first competitive track action at Aragon in Spain on the weekend of 21 to 23rd May. He will be racing in the World Supersport 300 series with Paul Tobin’s Team #109 up against some of the best young riders across the globe. James will also be competing in the British Junior Supersport category of BSB for a second year with Affinity Sports Academy.
Eugene McManus enters the fray at Oulton Park a month after his younger brother, towards the end of June. It will be his second season competing in the Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship (previously superstock 600) where he will also be supported by Affinity Sports Academy.
Whilst there is now a flurry of track activity the brothers have spent a long winter preparing for this season. Apart from their all year round regular training schedule of gym work and mountain biking this year they also spent two months in Spain.
Although their time in Spain was enjoyable it was not a holiday. They were training every day. Cycling, Supermoto, pit bikes and even flat tracking all formed part of their training routine. One thing the brothers took full advantage of was being able to benefit from a plenty of advice from Leon Haslam and the brothers Alex and Sam Lowes, who were training with them.
The McManus brothers have put a huge effort in preparing for the 2021 season and like them we are ready for the season to begin.