East Antrim’s Glenn McCormick, the reigning Irish and Ulster MX2 champion, was delighted at Christmas when he took delivery off the two brand new KTM MX bikes which he will use in the 2016 season when he challenges for British Championship honours.
The 20-year-old from Gleno is so focused on the new season that he has changed his training regime and is leaving full-time employment to concentrate on his chosen sport.
“I decided to take a year out of work, upped my training and practising to give it a real good go in 2016 and see what happens,” he said.
“I’m really going to give it everything I have. I will be in Spain for the first two weeks in January to get a lot of bike time under my belt before the new season. It will be the first time in my career that I have done this, a bit of a new experience. I suppose you could say I’m going to live the dream.”
He will travel to Spain with Doagh rider Martin Barr who himself will be testing his new Honda.
“It’s great to go with Martin as he has been before and knows the tracks,” Glenn added. “I’ll learn a lot from him. Martin is a great role model and is someone I want to be like. He has done it all, and that’s what I want to aim for in my career.”
McCormick will race the 250 KTM, supplied by Watts Motorcycles, in the British championship and use the 350 supplied by Agnew Recovery, for the home MX1 events. “The 350 will be good to build up my strength for the 250 and with the classes changed at home, it means that now hopefully I can do both the MX1 and MX2 at home and concentrate on the MX2 in the British.”
Asked if he has set any targets for year ahead, he replied: “Yeah! I would like top tens or better in the British Championships but we’ll wait and see how it all goes.”