Barry Sheene Festival Preview – Part 1 – Yesteryear Superbikes

Barry Sheene Festival Preview – Part 1 – Yesteryear Superbikes

It’s almost Barry Sheene Classic time and Road Racing News pre-event previews series, opens today with focus upon the bulky, powerful yesteryear Classic Superbike category.

Leading names anticipated to battle it out for feature race, Road Racing Ireland Classic SBK honours include Rob Hodson astride the Greenall Racing Kawasaki.

Showcasing excellent form across the Bob Smith Spring Cup, the ‘130 Mph Club’ TT member has developed into a true Scarborough specialist.

Same applies to 2022 Irish Road Race Supersport Champion Michael Browne.

Yesterday inducted into the ‘130 Mph Club’, Browne’s latest upcoming Oliver’s Mount venture sees him entered on Key Racing’s 916 Ducati exotica.

As shown by Dean Harrison last year, Browne is certain to have the tools for the job and a second major Scarborough success, is a stern possibility.

2017 Barry Sheene Trophy victor Dave Bell (Graham Turnbull Yamaha) shouldn’t be discounted from front running pursuits.

You can add the same factors towards present Oliver’s Mount Classic SBK Championship leader Mike Norbury, 2016 Senior Manx GP winner Tom Weeden (Club 77).

Joe Yeardsley, Mad Bros Racing’s Gary McCoy and Don Gilbert (Isle of Man Bike Storage).

Others featuring within the 25-rider entry include Scarborough returnee, Gold Cup top three finisher from 2019 David ‘Action’ Jackson, recent Pre-TT Classic winner Colin ‘Crofty’ Croft, Kristian Didelot (Home Maintenance Whitby).

Alex Sinclair (Fox Classic Racing Ducati), Lee Brocklebank, Kelly Carruthers (Brian Chalmers), Aran Sadler (A S Electricals), Neil Rutledge and local hero Paul Marley.

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 closed roads venue.

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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