Plant stalwart gears up for new motorsport venture

Richard Kerr and Fraser Dykes. Image credit: Tim Keeton – Impact Images Photography

AMD Contract Services’ Fraser and Mary Dykes are spearheading a new motorsport team from the Dumfries base where they run a plant hire and contracting business.

AMD Motorsport has launched a team to contest the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock Championship, which will see Irish rider Richard Kerr board a works-prepared 1000cc Honda.

Fraser Dykes, who is a former president of the Scottish Plant Owners Association, said, “Mary and I have been helping Richard over the last couple of years as personal sponsors and when the opportunity arose to get more involved, we jumped at the chance to establish the new team. Honda Racing UK have prepared the new Fireblade to the same specification as their own bike. With Richard’s obvious talent and consistency, we are looking for positive strides forward albeit we are very aware there are big names in the class, and it is going to be very competitive.”

Richard has spent the last six years in the BSB paddock, firstly competing in the Motostar championship for three years. In 2018 he progressed to the British Supersport Championship aboard a Campbell Motorsport Triumph, scoring a best result of sixth place in the final round at Brands Hatch which set him up for the following season where he posted two podium finishes at Oulton Park and Assen, which culminated in fifth place overall in the championship.

Last year Richard was the only rider to finish every race in the Supersport class, taking seventh overall in the title race. This season sees a move up to the Pirelli Superstock Championship, which will comprise an 18-race season for the 21-year-old over 11 rounds.

Richard Kerr said, “I am looking forward to riding a new bike in a new championship having never ridden a 1000cc bike, this year is going to be a big learning year but knowing the new Honda is a great bike, I’m feeling confident that my team and I can achieve good results. This is a great opportunity that AMD Motorsport have given me to get a step closer to my ultimate goal of racing in the British Superbike Championship. I’d like to thank Fraser, Mary and all at AMD Contract Services Ltd. for this opportunity.”