Adam McLean will miss the Isle of Man TT after the McAdoo Racing team of Northern Ireland made the decision to skip the event and focus on racing at home for the rest of the year.
cLean, one of the sport’s top prospects, made his event debut in 2017, finishing as the top rookie. He returned in 2018 with McAdoo Racing colors but was forced out the following year after a crash on the Tandragee 100 left him injured for most of the season.
His preparations for the 2022 TT did not go according to plan, with 26-year-old Tandragee missing after sustaining a concussion in a crash on the Cookstown 100, while McLean and the McAdoo team had a miserable week at 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 shocking announcement.
“We have decided as a team to sit out the 2022 TT races due to lack of track time so far this season,” he said.
“Adam’s two accidents in Cookstown and the subsequent concussion meant that we also lost Tandragee.
“That left us behind the eight ball at the North West 200 and with a number of setup issues there, we decided along with Adam to miss this year’s event.
“Adam hasn’t raced there since 2018 and this was his first proper attempt at the Mountain Course. We feel unprepared – and TT is very intense under these circumstances.
“We decided to stay at home and race locally for the remainder of the season, both short circuits and on roads.”
While Cookstown’s McAdoo team sits out, there was positive news for Northern Ireland’s Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team, who welcomed Mike Browne back 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 is expected to take his spot at Glencrutchery Road tomorrow when opening practice for the TT begins.
“Mike did everything he could to be ready for the TT and luckily it paid off,” said John Burrows.
“While we have had great results with our replacement drivers at Tandragee and North West, it is good to have Mike back as he is our only driver for the 2022 season.
“It’s only his second year at the TT so there’s no pressure on Mike and if he can improve his times around 2019 and finish the races then we’ll be more than happy. I’m glad it worked after a stressful month or two.”
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.