Adam McLean will miss the Isle of Man TT after the Northern Ireland McAdoo Racing team made the decision to skip the event and focus on home soil for the rest of the year.
One of the leading players in the sport, cLean made his debut at the event in 2017, finishing as the best newcomer. He returned to the McAdoo Racing livery in 2018 but was forced out the following year after being injured for most of the season in a crash at the Tandragee 100.
His preparations for the 2022 TT have not gone according to plan. Tandragee, 26, went missing after suffering a concussion in a crash in the Cookstown 100, while McLean and the McAdoo team had a miserable week in the North West 200.
Yesterday Jason McAdoo said the decision to sit out the TT was agreed with McLean and cited a lack of preparation as the main reason behind the shock announcement.
“We have decided as a team to postpone the 2022 TT races due to a lack of track time this season,” he said.
“Adam’s two crashes in Cookstown and the ensuing concussion caused us to miss the Tandragee as well.
“This left us behind eight-ball at the North West 200 and with some tuning issues there, we and Adam decided to miss this year’s event.
“Adam hasn’t raced there since 2018 and that was his first real attempt at the Mountain Course. We felt unprepared – and the TT is just too intense in these conditions.
“We have decided to stay at home for the rest of the season and race locally, both on short circuits and on the road.”
While the Cookstown-based McAdoo team will miss, there was positive news for the Northern Ireland Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team, which welcome Mike Browne from injury.
The Cork man broke his ankles in a crash at Cookstown and missed Tandragee and the North West 200 as a result, but Browne will take his place at Glencrutchery Road tomorrow as the first TT practice gets underway.
“Mike did everything he could to be ready for the TT and luckily it paid off,” said John Burrows.
“While we had some great results with our stand-in riders in the Tandragee and North West, it’s good to have Mike back as he is our only rider for the 2022 season.
“It is only really his second year in the TT so there is no pressure on Mike and if he can improve his 2019 lap times and finish the races we will be more than happy. I’m glad it worked out after some stressful month.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Rea will compete in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan from August 5-7 as part of the factory Kawasaki team alongside Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam.
The event returns for the first time since 2019 after successive cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rea previously won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2012 and again in 2019.