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Cock O’The North: Paddock News

Ahead of the Cock O’The North Road Races, there’s interesting news a plenty, emerging from the paddock at Oliver’s Mount.

Which includes James Cowton piloting for the first time, this weekend a ZX7R Kawasaki, which runs out of his Cowton Racing stable.

Fifth place finisher in last years Lightweight Manx Grand Prix, Dan Ingham, also makes his debut aboard a new Classic Superbike Kawasaki steed.

Top Gun Racing’s Dan Hegarty, is the most high profile non starter, due to engine problems with his Honda mounts.

Added notable non starters include team mate Gavin Lupton, Paul Owen, Callum Ward, Adrian Harrison and Wayne Humble, who is planning to return to Scarborough, for the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival Powered By Suzuki.

As stated before Dean Harrison can match Guy Martin’s tally of Oliver’s Mount victories this weekend, the Bradford based racer’s wins total at present stands at an extremely impressive 57.

He’s also on course for a unique Cock O’The North record, five successive feature race titles, having secured the coveted Darran Lindsay Trophy in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Kawasaki’s ZX6R machine in it’s previous incarnation and newest spec, enjoys strong representation within the Supersport class, with 20 entries in total.

Lots of attention will be placed upon leading TT newcomer, Adam McLean, who following the Cock O’The North, next Scarborough outing, is set to be the prestigious Gold Cup meeting.

Mike Norbury goes into this weekend’s competition with an added sponsorship boost, courtesy of Spada.

Mark Purslow has parted company with ECTA Racing. The 2015 Lightweight Manx GP winner, is set to return to roads action in August, at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Craig Neve’s second Scarborough meet, will also mark his 2nd within Robbie Silvester’s VRS Racing fold.

He’s one of only five riders to be S1000RR BMW mounted, for the Solo Open and Senior races.

Words by Stevie Rial

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