Due to his relatively small number of years on the motorcycle racing circuit, the name Kevin Coyne may not be a familiar one with you just yet. But with an incredibly fast learning curve behind him, this young Irish rider will be competing in the BSB Superstock 600 class for the 2021 season.
Coyne will be proudly using EBC Brakes’ MC floating discs and GPFAX/HH pads on his Kawasaki ZX-6R steed throughout the year, his incredible story so far can be read below in the words of his team.
“Kevin only began racing bikes two years ago after doing two track days the year previous. He started on an old Kawasaki 250 in Mondello and after his commitment proved to be more impressive than his bike, he then decided to move to a competitive class on a Kawasaki Ninja 400.
“The original plan was to race the 2020 season in Mondello and to then go over to the UK to taste the BSB paddock and have a go at the Junior Cup in 2021.
“But unexpectedly after the Covid pandemic threw racing up in the air for 2020, we decided to dump him in the deep end.”
“Our expectations of Kevin on the 400 were to keep inside the top 20 of each race and while we know it’s a talented field, we felt that without that the money would have been best spent on learning at home and going back another year.
“Kevin’s first year in the BSB was filled with highs and lows and meeting people we could only dream of.
“A chance incident in Snetterton caused Kevin to receive help from Paul Bird Motorsport [PBM] and Honda. After that, Paul gave us some real advice to help us progress Kevin’s racing ability.
“On that advice and after a test in October on a 600, we have decided to fast-forward his learning. With only two years’ experience, there is a lot to learn on the new bike – with tracks, suspension and especially the pace at which these boys run at.
“So, 2021 is definitely a learner year and a chance to try and enjoy ourselves and make our way to the mid-pack.
“We plan to hopefully be running at the front for 2022 and that’s what these next two years are about.
“A lot of time, effort and money have to go into achieving a kid’s dream and without help from some fantastic people and companies, this would not be possible. So, Kevin would like to thank everyone for the help and guidance. Hopefully, with spectators allowed this year, it will bring an energy back to the BSB that was sadly missed last year.”