Manxman Dan Kneen will ride for Jackson Racing Honda in the two Supersport races at this year’s TT.
The 29-year-old Braddan rider will link up with Josh Brookes in the two Monster Energy races for the Preston-based outfit.
Kneen had failed to secure a 600cc machine over the winter months and was only scheduled to be contesting the three 1000cc races on BMW machinery. However, with Lee Johnston leaving the team after the North West 200, Jackson Racing needed a second replacement rider.
Kneen has enjoyed some of his best moments around the Mountain Course in the Supersport class and his best TT result remains the fifth place he secured in the opening Supersport race in 2010.
The Manxman also took a brace of ninths on the Padgetts Honda in 2015 when he lapped at 125.587mph, his best ever lap on a 600cc machine but missed last year’s event with injury.
Australian ace Brookes will take over the Jackson Racing Honda that John McGuinness was due to race before he suffered injuries in a crash at the North West 200.
After consultation with the McGuinness family, Jackson Racing will now run Brookes in the two four-lap races with the 2015 British Superbike champion also taking over the No.5 starting position of the Morecambe Missile.
A former Australian Superbike and Supersport champion and winner of the World Supersport Championship race at Phillip Island in 2004, 33-year old Brookes campaigned a Milwaukee Supersport machine at the 2014 TT Races.
He was out of luck in both races that year with mechanical trouble keeping him down the order in race one and then a last -ap collision with Lee Johnston in race two at the Creg ny Baa prevented him from a top-eight finish.
However, a fastest lap of 124.889mph more than proved his credentials on a 600cc machine around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course and, although the Superbike class is now his forte, the 2015 BSB champion can be expected to be challenging for a leaderboard position on the Honda CBR600RR.
More in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.
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