Coupe de l’Avenir: Ireland team change
James Mackrel (450cc), Jason Meara (250cc) and Stuart Fee (125cc) was the initial team selected to represent Ireland at the Coupe de l’Avenir this weekend. However, the team have been forced into making a change to the Irish team selection.
Stuart Fee broke his scaphoid back in May and it had been healing well. He had been back on the bike a few times preparing for the event and his wrist felt okay. Unfortunately Stuart hurt his wrist in work, he tried to ride again but was in too much pain and felt uncomfortable.
Fee, with the countries best interest at heart has decided to pull out of the event to give team Ireland the best chance of having the best chance possible of success. It would not have been an easy decision to make as I am sure he wants to represent his country at such a big event again. But there would be no point going if he can’t ride to the best of his ability.
Jordan McCaw has been selected as Fee’s replacement. Jordan has been competing in the Ulster and Irish MX2 championships. He has had a solid year and has at times ran with Meara and Mackrel at the front. Jordan ended up third in the Irish and fourth in the Ulster MX2 championships. Jordan will line up with Mackrel and Meara this weekend on a 125 machine. Jordan is a good replacement rider to call upon and it will be good for him to experience what it’s like to ride for his country this weekend.
Good luck to the team, a top five overall isn’t out of the question if all three riders performance to the best of their abilities.
James Mackrel: “I am glad that I have been asked to represent Ireland at the Coupe de l’Avenir again this year as I had to miss it last year due to injury but I am happy to get another shot. It will be different riding the 450 but I will give it my best shot and I hope for good results!”
Jason Meara: “I’m excited to be picked to represent my country for the second time. I competed at this event back in 2011 on the 85cc where our team ended up fourth. These are the riders for the future, I really can’t wait to go up against them and hopefully do our country proud!”
Jordan McCaw: “Yeah, I am really happy about being asked to represent team Ireland at this years Coupe de l’Avenir and really excited about riding in it. We have a strong team so all being well we will come home with with a good result. I would like to thank HTM Husqvarna for supplying a 125 for me this weekend.
Stuart Fee: “I’ve had a bad year, broke my scaphoid in May and thought it was healing lately, was out on the bike a few times in the last couple of weeks and the wrist was ok! Last week I hurt it in work and tried riding the bike but it was just to sore so I decided to pull out. It’s frustrating but I would rather the team take a fit rider than to me go over and maybe not finish the races and let the team down. They have a strong team and I wish them all the very best!”
Article: Andy McKinstry
Pic: Nigel McKinstry