Dan's dream team
DAN Cooper insists it's only a matter of time before he makes the step up to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy podium after making great strides in this year's event.
The 26-year-old, backed by the Newquay-based Centurion Racing team, took to the island expecting little more than a top-20 finish in each of the five races but left having ruffled a few of the factory-backed feathers.
The Monster Energy Supersport class is where Cooper shone brightest – an 11th place finish in the first race was followed up by his maiden top-ten berth in the second.
Those impressive outings steered him to second in the Privateers Championship and only strengthen the notion that Cooper is destined for great things and with the right backing he admits the world is his oyster.
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He said: "It was a brilliant week, we went there to improve on last year and we did, in everything we did. It's job done really. Top ten in the Supersport race was brilliant. We struggled to get into the top 20 in any class last year so to be in the top ten is fantastic, and hopefully with a quicker bike we should be up with the big boys next year.
"It's what it is all about, if we can keep doing that each year we come here it won't be long until we end up on the podium, that's where we want to be.
"We'll go away now and get the Superbike ready for next year and we'll be in with a better chance with all the races."
As in 2011, Centurion Racing continued to show their support for Help for Heroes, their chosen charity, by displaying H4H logos on the bikes and team attire.
Team Principal Paul Rees, who spent 20 years in the Royal Marine Commandos, was given permission to have the bikes carry the H4H logos in order to encourage the public to be more aware of this charity that supports our Armed Forces, many of whom are making daily sacrifices in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Centurion Racing would specially like to thank Arai, FTR, GPR Racewear, Dunlop, Rage Designs, RichArt, R2 Logo Print & Embroidery, Akrapovic, Daytona, and all their friends and followers.
For more information visit the website: www.centurionracing.com (also on Facebook).
For more information on the Isle of Man TT Races go to www.iomtt.com. To book or for more information on 2013 TT Races trips including flight, ferry, travel and accommodation, Grandstand tickets or VIP packages contact Regency Travel on 01624 694 455 (www.iomttbreaks.com)