2017 Young Motorcycle Racer of the year Award Winner – JASON LYNN
|Jason Lynn is the second Young Motorcycle Racer of the Year award winner and will use his prize to fund his 2018 Thundersport GB and British Supersport Championship campaigns. Jason will race in the full Thundersport Championship as well as selected BSB events and occasional Masters events, thanks to the support of Mondello Park, Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies and European Industrial Chillers Ltd. along with his own existing sponsors.
You will be able to follow Jason’s Progress here as the 2018 season unfolds.
THUNDERSPORT, BSB & DUNLOP MASTERS SUPERSPORT
Thundersport Donington Park March 23rd – 25th
Thundersport Oulton Park April 20th – 21st
Thundersport Cadwell Park May 26th – 28th
Thundersport Mallory Park June 21st – 24th
Thundersport Brands Hatch July 27th – 29th
Thundersport Anglesey August 25th – 27th
Thundersport Cadwell Park September 21st – 23rd
Masters Superbike Championship September 29th – 30th
BSB Brands Hatch October 12th – 14th
Thundersport Snetterton October 19th – 21st
28th March 2018:
Jason Lynn makes a strong start to his British Championship season
Masters Superbike Championship Young Racer of the Year, Jason Lynn, got his 2018 campaign off to a strong start at the opening rounds of the Thundersport GB Championship at Donington Park. In his first season racing in a full British Championship Lynn is on a steep learning curve as he learns new circuits and a new machine, but made steady progress across his first weekend in the competitive British series.
Having not raced at Donington Park prior to the Thundersport season opener, Lynn was not fully comfortable on his Mondello Park, Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies and EICL backed machine and ended the wet and dry session in eleventh place. An eighth place finish in race one would normally have been a satisfactory start, but the Ulsterman was struggling badly for pace compared to his rivals and his lack of speed meant that he would drop to twenty first on the grid for Sunday’s races.
The team worked hard on the set up for Sunday and a major improvement saw the Young Racer Award winner climbing rapidly through the field to take an impressive seventh place finish and a lap time more than two seconds faster than Saturday’s best. A further improvement in the second race saw Lynn finish sixth, again from twenty first on the grid to leave his first Thundersport weekend an impressive fifth in the points standings.
Speaking about his first weekend in Thundersport Jason said “Saturday didn’t really go that well with straight into qualifying and no free practice, and to add to the challenge it was mixed conditions, half wet half dry. We qualified eleventh on the grid having struggled to get a clear lap with fifty five bikes on track.
My lap times were a long way off where they should have been in race one, but the team did a great job to improve things over night and I was much faster in Sunday’s warm up. It was hard work coming through from twenty first in Sunday’s races but I’m delighted with the team and my performance and how we turned things around and were fighting at the front by the final race.
I’m was really enjoying riding the Yamaha and the Dunlop Tyres by the end of the weekend. Thanks to the team for all of their hard work and to everyone else who has helped me get to this point, especially the Young Racer Award sponsors, Mondello Park, Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies and EICL. My next races will be at Oulton Park, another new circuit, but now that I’ve experience the Thundersport Championship I’m really looking forward to improving on the Donington results.”
Lynn will be back in Thundersport for three more races at Oulton Park on April 20th and 21st as he continues his inaugural season competing in the British Championship.
20th November 2017:
Jason Lynn wins Young Racer of the Year award
Following a long wait for the contestants since the final shoot-out on November 1st, Jason Lynn was announced as the Masters Superbike Championship ‘Young Motorcycle Racer of the Year’ at the Masters Superbike Championship awards ceremony in County Kildare on Saturday night. Lynn follows in the footsteps of 2016 winner Robert English as he walks away with a prize package worth more than €12,000 to assist him in furthering his Motorcycle Racing career.
The biggest award in Irish Motorcycle Racing is in its second season and has been fantastic success with more than twenty riders under the age of twenty three registering to take part. The championship organisers were once again delighted to have backing for the competition from Mondello Park owner Martin Birrane, Bishopscourt owner Jim O’Brien, Dawn International and AJ Plumbing Supplies along with the addition of Peter McMahon of European Industrial Chillers Ltd..
Jason Lynn began the year as one of the favourites to lift the Masters Supersport title and started well with two wins from the first two race weekends. The Upperlands resident’s championship challenge really took off at the third event of the season, at Mondello Park in May, when two more wins and a second place from the three races brought him within five points of series leader Ross Patterson. Jason’s performance in May was good enough to earn him the third ‘Young Racer of the Year’ nomination joining Eunan McGlinchey and Rhys Irwin. Over the remainder of the season Graham Whitmore, Brendan Glover Jnr., Ross Patterson and Aarron Clifford joined the Supersport star in the final as he continued his strong season to end up as Supersport Champion for the first time.
With all the nominations decided the decision on who would be crowned the 2017 Young Racer of the Year was made at a one day shoot out which took place at Mondello Park in early November. During the shoot-out the riders were put through their paces, both on and off the track, with each nominee being assessed in a number of areas. The On-track assessment made up half of the marks awarded, with the other half being split across the two off track categories. Experienced racers Jeremy McWilliams and Brian McCormack assessed the riders ability with their bike, both in the garage and on the track, quizzing them in the garage before observing them from a number of locations around the circuit. Mondello Park General Manager Roddy Greene assessed each riders presentation of their past and future careers, while communications consultant Gerry Dawson assessed the nominees on their media skills.
When the points were added up it was Lynn who came out ahead, impressing the judges across all categories, not only with his performance but also with his progress since the 2016 final. Following the shoot out the competitors were required to wait until Saturday night’s awards ceremony to hear the result which was announced as the final award of the night.
Speaking after the announcement the clearly delighted Young Rider said, “I’m speechless. It’s unbelievable to be recognised by riders of the ability of Jeremy McWilliams and Brian McCormack as well as the other judges. It’s been a long journey and a lot of hard work over the past six years to get here. I plan to use the award to achieve my plan to race in the UK next season as well as as many Masters rounds as possible. I’m really looking forward to next season now and representing the Young Racer Award sponsors to the best of my ability“.
Roddy Greene, representing the competition judges, also had this to say about Lynn and the standard of the competition in general. “The standard of competition this year was really high with all the nominees operating to the highest standards. We are delighted to be in a position to present this and hope that it will be a real benefit to Jason’s 2018 season. Jason has been in outstanding form all season and this award is a fitting end to a great year.”
Mondello Park, the competitions supporters and the winner Jason Lynn will agree a plan for the next stage of his career over the coming weeks and are all looking forward to working together to help Jason continue his progress.