Davey Todd and Derek Sheils to ride for Cookstown BE Racing team

Derek Sheils and Davey Todd will compete for the Cookstown BE Racing team in 2018
Derek Sheils and Davey Todd will compete for the Cookstown BE Racing team in 2018

English rider Davey Todd and Dubliner Derek Sheils will compete on the roads for the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing team in 2018.

Both riders will campaign Suzuki Superbikes at the Irish national road races, with Todd racing for the team at the three major international events.

Todd, 22, will make his debut at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT and also return to the Ulster Grand Prix.

Sheils will not appear for the team at the international meetings.

The Republic of Ireland rider will line up for the Tyrone-based outfit for the third year in a row and will have full support as he attempts to regain the Irish Superbike crown on a Suzuki GSXR 1000.

Todd, from Saltburn, near Middlesborough, was a race winner in the British Superstock 600cc series in 2016.

The Englishman burst onto the road racing scene last year with top five results at Skerries, before claiming a second place in one of the Supersport races at Armoy behind Derek McGee.

He then took his 600cc machine to a superb third in the Superbike race behind Michael Dunlop and McGee at the popular County Antrim meeting on 29 July.

Todd will also be provided with a Suzuki for the Superstock class, as well as having machinery for the Supersport and Supertwin divisions.

"This is the opportunity I have been waiting for and I'm very grateful to John Burrows and his team for giving me this opportunity. I know I'm joining a very professional team with proven competitive machinery so I'm very excited about my prospects for next season," said Todd.

"I'll be a newcomer to the TT and NW200 but I'm preparing hard for those events and when I get to them I'll aim to make progress quickly but stay safe.

"I feel I can be competitive at the Ulster where last year I lapped at over 125 mph on a 600 machine and was in contention for top six Supersport results until bad luck intervened."

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