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Sunflower Trophy brings happy return for G&S Racing Kawasaki team manager




The G&S Racing Kawasaki team rounded off the season with the annual visit to Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland where three riders contested the Sunflower Trophy.

Team manager Tom Fisher finished ninth, TJ Toms was 11th and Kevin Keyes would have been 12th but for a slip on the final lap causing a non-finish.

With Milo Ward unavailable, Fisher welcomed the opportunity to return to the track.

Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher

He thoroughly enjoyed getting back in the saddle and, despite being up against some fast Superbikes, he brought the big Kawasaki home in ninth place. Considering he has not raced competitively for over a year, he was very happy with his result.

Toms and Keyes raced in the support Supersport races and had some good battles with the Irish racers as they gained track experience prior to the Sunflower Trophy race on Sunday.

Both riders were challenging for top-10 places throughout the race where Toms secured a close 11th place on his stock 600 bike.

Kevin Keyes and TJ Toms in race action
Kevin Keyes and TJ Toms in race action

Keyes was right with him throughout the race until, on the last lap and within sight of the chequered flag, he slipped from his machine - race over.

Although taken to hospital as a precaution, it was found that Keyes had no broken bones and he got away with some heavy bruising.

Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher

Fisher said: "We had a cracking weekend with our good friends at the Bishopscourt circuit and, despite the cold weather on Saturday, we were all involved in some close and exciting racing.

"Kevin was unlucky to slip from his machine on the final lap but up until then both he and TJ were challenging for the top 10 with TJ being the first Stock 600 machine over the line.

"Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support and all the people that have supported and helped us over the past year we could not have done it without you all. There is no time to rest as we now start building the machines ready for testing in the new year."

TJ Toms and Kevin Keyes
TJ Toms and Kevin Keyes

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