Ulster Grand Prix winner Adam McLean has joined Northern Ireland’s J McC Roofing team for 2023.
cLean will compete in the Supersport and Supertwin classes for Jason McCaw’s squad at selected road races and Ulster Superbike meetings.
The 26-year-old from Tobermore is targeting the North West 200 as his primary event, where McLean is hoping for a change of fortune after being plagued by bad luck at Ulster’s biggest road race.
He will ride a Kawasaki Supertwin prepared by Irish road racing great Ryan Farquhar plus a 600cc Yamaha, although McLean currently has no plans to ride Superbike machinery.
“I think it’s better to focus on the Supersport and Supertwin and try and get a few good results at the likes of the North West 200, which will be the big meeting of the year for me,” said McLean.
“We’re strong on the Supertwin and the 600, so that’s going to be the priority for me.
“I’ve got two good bikes for both classes that are capable of delivering good results.”
After a promising start to 2022 with a Supersport victory at the Cookstown 100, McLean crashed out of the Superbike race feature and suffered a concussion.
He missed the Tandragee 100 but returned at the North West 200, finishing fourth in the first Supersport encounter — the only race he completed on the McAdoo Kawasaki machines.
He sat out the Isle of Man TT in a mutual decision with the team but later split from McAdoo Racing, returning with his own 600 Yamaha at Armoy in July.
McLean ended the road racing season with a Supertwin hat-trick at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, where he also won the blue riband Gold Cup race for the first time.
Looking towards the North West, McLean believes he will have his best opportunity yet of clinching a maiden podium at the event.
“I think a KMR-built Supertwin is the bike I need to be on at the North West,” he said.
“I haven’t had the best of luck at the North West over the years but it has to change sometime!
“We could really do with a couple of podiums and sometimes you can get a bit desperate for a result, but I have to remember that I’ll be racing at the North West for the next 10 years.”