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Name: Dan Kneen

Date of Birth: June 26th 1987

Place of Birth: Douglas, Isle of Man

Nationality: Manx

Races competed: Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, British Superstock Championship

Credit: Pacemaker Press International

Getting into biking:

Racing is very much in the Kneen family, with Dan’s father Richard, brother Ryan and four uncles all being into biking and racing and he started riding bikes at the age of four.

His father Richard competed in both the TT and Manx Grand Prix with his best TT result coming in the 1986 Production Class C race when he finished 27th, in a race which featured Joey Dunlop and was eventually won by Gary Padgett. Richard had more success in the Manx GP, where he was runner-up in the 1982 Newcomers Senior race.

Dan’s road racing career sparked into life in 2008 where he made his Manx Grand Prix debut. Competing in the Ultra-Lightweight MGP, Junior MGP and Newcomers C, Dan won every race to become the first rider in manx GP history to win three races in a week.

In 2009, Dan finished fourth overall in the British Superstock 600cc Championship and then took second overall the following year in the British Supersport 600cc Cup. 2011 saw Dan move into the British Superbike Championship but it proved to be an injury-hit campaign and he placed 34th overall, although he was 12th in the Evo class rankings.

Career Highlights:

Bursting onto the Manx GP scene and becoming the first rider to win a hat-trick of races at this event has to be up there with Dan’s best moments. He immediately moved up to the TT in 2009 taking his first top ten finish and in 2010 he took a brilliant fifth place in the opening Supersport race. Countless top ten finishes subsequently followed but in 2017 he finally recorded his first podium finish with third in the Superstock TT race behind winner Ian Hutchinson and runner-up Peter Hickman.

In the same year Dan placed 5th in the Superbike Classic TT and Superbike TT, 8th in the Supersport TT 1 and 12th in the Senior TT. 2017 was also the year Dan won the Enkalon Trophy in the Irish Championship.

At the Ulster Grand Prix, Kneen deputised for the injured Hutchinson at Tyco BMW putting in some great rides, with a best finish of second, to earn him a full time ride with the team in 2018.

In 2014 Dan claimed his first Ulster GP win in the Superstock race, beating Dean Harrison by 0.001 second, the closest finish in Ulster GP history.

Favourite course/track:

Dan described the Isle of Man TT circuit as quite simply unbeatable and as he was born in Douglas, we’re not surprised!

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Third, 2017 Superstock Isle of Man TT race
  • Second fastest Manxman around the Mountain Course, 130.347mph
  • He won 27 silver replicas at the TT, 4 bronze
  • Won his first ever International race – the Superstock – at the 2014 Ulster Grand Prix
  • Second and fourth, 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike races
  • Third, 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Superstock race
  • 2014 Irish Superbike road race champion with multiple wins
  • Runner up in the 2010 British Supersport Cup
  • Fourth, 2009 British Superstock 600cc Championship
  • Triple winner at the 2008 Manx Grand Prix

Dan Kneen sadly lost his life in a tragic accident in Castletown during practice at the 2018 Isle of Man TT. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan’s family and friends.

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