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Modern Tyres Backs Sheils for 2017 Road Racing Season

Modern Tyres are proud to announce a sponsorship deal with Dublin road racer Derek Sheils, the man who won two Irish and one Ulster road racing titles last year.


Shiels has agreed to ride for John Burrows' Tyrone based road racing team again for the 2017 season he will compete on upcoming NW200, the Isle of Man TT, Macau, Ulster GP, Tandragee, Cookstown, Skerries, Walderstown, Faugheen, Killalane, and Scarborough Races with Modern Tyres on board. He will be the lead rider in the Burrows team sponsored by Cookstown for an amazing seventh consecutive year. Sheils has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. From a very young age Derek had strong dreams and aspirations of racing motorcycles. Influenced by his father, Derek entered the racing stage at 13. With a just handful of race successes under his belt, his first bike was stolen and thus put his career dreams on hold. Clearly this didn’t stop his ambitions. Derek Shiels has climbed through the ranks with successive wins and high finishing positions due to his sheer determination, skill and drive to be the best.

Stephen Shaw Group Sales and Marketing Manager said:
"We are extremely happy to announce our association with Derek, he is a very accomplished rider with many high profile wins and top finishing positions during his career.

Derek will have Superbike, Supersport 600, Superstock and Supertwins machinery at his disposal for the NW200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster GP and the Irish Championship meetings.


Derek won the Irish and Ulster Superbike titles in 2016 as well as the Irish Supertwins crown and also claimed his first International rostrum when he finished second in the UGP Supertwins race. This year Derek and the team will focus on gaining more International success and will have a crack at the Irish Superbike, Supersport and Supertwins championships.


Derek joined the 130 mph club at Dundrod last year and he’s confident he can rise to the same mark at the TT in 2017. At both International events Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing will be aiming to be at the top end of the result sheets.

On his new sponsorship deal with Modern Tyres, Dubliner Sheils commented:

"I am delighted to have the support of Modern Tyres for my 2017 campaign. John Burrows has assembled a great crew who are very professional and keep on top of things, when I go out on track I know I will have a great bike underneath me. Winning three titles last year was good but the most satisfying thing for me was my improved International performances and my 131 mph lap at the Ulster GP. My focus for this year will be on getting near the sharp end in every International race I take part in. At the Isle of man TT I'm aiming for top ten finishes but with the quality in every race I know that won't be easy. "At home it would be nice to retain the titles I won in 2016 but I will just take each National meeting as it comes. If I win races every weekend then the championships will take care of themselves."



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