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Barry Sheene Road Race Festival: News From The Paddock

There’s been major news a plenty, in the run up to the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival. Here’s a round up of the news ahead of this weekend’s action at Oliver’s Mount.

The most notable non starter is Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison. The Scarborough lap record holder, is taking part in the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Having sustained a rib injury, following a high speed incident at the inaugural Moto Time Attack event at Cadwell Park, Top Gun Racing’s Dan Hegarty is for the second successive Scarborough meeting, a non starter.

On a positive note for England’s only real roads venue, this weekend marks Gary Johnson’s first mount meeting for almost ten years.

Additional notable entrants confirmed in recent days, to take part in the Classic Superbikes class include Alistair Haworth, Mike Hose and Brad Vicars.

Alongside Barry Sheene’s world championship winning Suzuki’s from 1976 and 1977 been demoed, by Barry’s son Freddie and good friend Steve Parrish, there’s an added treats for race fans with David Hailwood set to demo his father Mike’s 500cc Honda 4.

Newcomers to keep an eye include 2016 Dundrod 150 Challenge race winner David Jackson. Lots of attention will also be placed upon Longshot Racing’s Davey Todd, plus team mate from Taiwan, Roger Chen.

Ivan Lintin is set to pilot the JRC Racing RS 250 Honda, he will compete on in the Lightweight Classic TT, 1993 Formula 1 TT winner Nick Jefferies is also entered on Bob Wood’s Manx Norton.

In total 23 races are set to take place over the next few days, including of course, the showpiece Barry Sheene Trophy races.

Words by Stevie Rial