HARROW race ace Steve Heneghan will be one of the newcomers at this year's prestigious Isle of Man Tourist Trophy.
The British Superstock rider was one of the few young, talented racers that was picked by the Isle of Man TT recruitment program. The 27-year-old was approached last season and he had no hesitation agreeing to take on one of the most historically challenging races in motorcycle racing.
Heneghan, of Dorchester Avenue, said: "I have always wanted to race in the TT and when Igot offered the chance, I simply couldn't pass up on it. I really can't wait for the 2009 season to start, and along with some other great news about the team, it looks to be a brilliant year."
Heneghan has already spent time on the island, where he is learning the 37.7 mile circuit on road bikes and bicycles in his training for the races that he will compete in at the end of May.
As with most forms of competition, there are different classes and in order to get as much track time as possible, he will enter the Superstock, Superbike and Senior classes on one version of his Quattro Plant Honda CBR while competing in the Supersport on another. Thanks to increased investment from sponsors this year, Heneghan has managed to secure the latest machines from Honda for the new season.
His 2009 calendar also includes the British Superstock Championship along with the other road races, incuding the North West 200, the Ulster Grand Prix and the Althea Races in June.
Ahead of the new season, which starts on April 12, Heneghan has been training at the Cartagena test track in Spain and will hope to show his credentials in the TT, which is being broadcast on terrestrial TV for the first time.