Road Racing News Barry Sheene Classic preview series about the first UK roads event of the 2020’s, focuses today upon the bulky, formidably quick yesteryear Classic Superbikes.
Amongst the leading names set to battle it out for Bennetts Classic Superbike honours, include Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough lap record holder Dean Harrison.
Harrison’s first roads tenure of 2020 sees him line up for the first time on the Greenall Racing ZXR 750 Kawasaki, that he was due to pilot at the Classic TT Races.
Although new to the Greenall steed, you’d be a brave man not to tip him for more Scarborough success next week.
The most recent Barry Sheene Trophy winner Dave Bell and the Graham Turnbull Racing Yamaha, like twice Gold Cup winner Harrison is another first rate contender for race victories.
Giving Harrison stiff opposition like July, it wouldn’t at all surprise many road racing insiders if the well respected Bell claims next Saturday, Sunday a famous win or two.
Additional contenders for top calibre results will include the likes of the versatile Pete Boast, 2016 Senior Manx GP winner Tom Weeden (750 Slab Side ‘Nobby Bear’ Suzuki), Adrian Harrison, RG 500 Suzuki mounted Rhys Hardisty.
Thundersport GB, Classic Racing Motorcycle Club front runner John Dieterman (Baxi Ducati), Dan Ingham, Dave Hewson, Richard Charlton, Tadcaster’s Brad Vicars, Rob Hodson, Endurance race podium finisher at the No Limits Racing, Snetterton 300 meet Sam Johnson.
Further depth to the entry is provided by competitors including Rad Hughes, David Murphy, local favourite Paul Marley, Andy Sailor and Whitby’s Kristian Didelot.
Overall entry numbers for the Bennetts Classic Superbike races, stand at an impressive 27 with Kawasaki, Suzuki, Ducati, Honda and Yamaha all enjoying prominent representation.
Event on event gaining in popularity with long term Scarborough racing fans, next week’s Classic Superbike action is certain to thrill, compel and most all excite those in attendance at England’s only current closed roads course.
Words by Stevie Rial