The nimble, great handling Super Twin machines consistently produce top class competition at Scarborough and expect no different next weekend as a host of prominent 650 specialists, TT rostrum finishers, leading new wave roads talents do battle for class honours. 650 Twins lap record holder around England’s sole active real roads circuit, Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward starts for many the prime favourite for class spoils. As stated previously though, Coward’s potential outings aboard the KTS Racing Kawasaki-steed, depend upon potentially appearing at the upcoming TT Races press launch. If he elects not to travel to Manx shores, the 16 times Oliver’s Mount race winner will take stop some stopping this month. Welsh roads legend Ian Lougher latest Scarborough racing venture sees him pilot the ultra-competitive, proven Team ILR with Mark Coverdale S1-R Paton. Although now considered a racing veteran, underestimate the 10 times TT winner at your peril, he still has the hunger, desire to acquire more first-class results. New team-mate Joe Yeardsley, top Mount debutant at the 70th Gold Cup meeting, is an unquestioned dark-horse for top three finishes at minimum. Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson has gone from strength to strength across recent Scarborough events and is more than capable of contending this month for class wins. SMT Racing’s Rob Hodson is another with stern designs on race victories. 2022 Classic Superbike Manx GP winner, Hodson claimed overall Super Twins success from last year’s Gold Cup, when competing in Dafabet Racing colours. Now supported by Robin Croft’s Macau GP winning SMT Racing squad, expectations are high for the highly respected closed roads specialist. Added ones to watch amongst the 47-racer strong entry, include: RS660 Aprilia pilots Lewis Arrowsmith, Scarborough stalwart Dave Hewson (Obsession Engineering Ltd), Cowton Racing’s Kevin Barsby, Barry Furber (DC Motorcycles Newtown). Gary McCoy (Mad Bros Racing), Rhys Hardisty (GATC/Kaymac/Willson & Wilding), Jack Turner, Andrew Fisher, Craig Szczypek and Matt Rees. Newcomers wise, Scarborough debutants hoping to make quite the impression include Jacque Foley, Irish roads Junior Support front-runner Michael Gahan, five plate holder Andrew Herd. All that’s left to say is roll on the race action, as competitors battle it out for 650cc Super Twin victory triumphs at the unique, fabled, illustrious, iconic road race circuit that is Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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