Name: Shaun Anderson

Date of Birth:  August 7th 1984

Place of Birth: Northern Ireland

Nationality: Northern Irish

Races competed: TT, UGP; Tandragee, Cookstown, Armoy, Mid-Antrim, Bush, Skerries, Horice, Terlicko, Frohburg, Buno, Rijeka, Pannoniaring

Website: www.kraemer-motorcycles.com

Getting into biking:

“I grew up around racing; my father was a mechanic for a road racer, so most of my weekends were spent at races. Then I started to mechanic for a few friends that started racing, and I thought I could do better, so there was only one way to find out. I did my first track day in September 2007 on my Honda Hornet 600 and then started racing in 2008.”

Racing Icon:

“I think anyone in road racing looks to Joey as he is the greatest in my eyes. I was a big Gary Dynes fan growing up and later Ryan Farquhar and Darren Lindsey, as they were the last of a generation of racers that could win on the small bikes and then jump on big bikes and do the same. But of all the modern guys I have to say Cameron Donald always impressed me, he came to Ireland won races and broke lap records and went to the TT and beat the best in his third try; that is something to idolise.”

First bike:

“Yamaha PW50. My father bought it in boxes from a guy and he built it from scratch. I was riding it before I had my stabilisers off my bicycle at the age of 3 years. First road bike was a Zip 50 SP at the age of 16 and my first race bike was a 2003 R6, that was an awesome bike to start racing on, cheap fun and reliable, not the fastest, but I think you need to start on something you have to ride hard to sharpen your skills.”

Favourite course/track:

“The Isle of Man Mountain course is the ultimate challenge for any rider, and that is why I rate it as the top track. Tandragee is one of the best tracks in the world and is truly a small TT, the fact that it is my local track to where I grew up helps. I have had some of my best races at Tandragee, and the track is fast and flowing, which just ticks all the boxes for me.”

Career Highlights:

“Either my podium finish at the Manx GP or my Ulster Championships, I have three of them, winning is the highest high, but a championship win in a competitive championship is something special, as it is very hard work. People who have won them know what it takes. The winning days mean more, but the bad days are when you have to dig deeper than you should to scrap points – that’s what makes the difference at the end of the year. My first championship I won by a single point at the last race of the year.”

Aspirations:

“To get a silver replica in a 6 lap race at the TT I have been on for a top 12 finish twice and had bad luck with the bike, then I finish with the TT.  Top 12 for a self-funded racer is about as good as it gets. Then I will just pick and choose the racing I want to do after that. There are a few tracks in Europe that I want to race like Spa, and I want to do a some endurance racing as I think it would be quite fun.”

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Best TT finish of 14th, 2016 Senior
  • Fastest TT lap of 127.543mph
  • Has now won nine bronze replicas at the TT with four top twenty finishes
  • 11th, 2014 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race
  • Podium finisher at the Manx Grand Prix (second, 2010 Senior Newcomers race)
  • Regular top six finisher in the Irish National Road Racing Championships

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