Doncaster’s Mark Goodings is targeting returns to the TT Races and Ulster Grand Prix in 2019, as he aims to continue his rising progress within the International roads scene.
Regarded by many as one of England’s most ambitious, talented up coming closed roads exponents, the Yorkshireman’s roads CV includes impressive performances a plenty at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, where he has raced wheel to wheel with the likes of John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison.
A Mountain Course newcomer in 2011 at the Manx Grand Prix, he’s since competed four times at the TT Races. Thus far his TT CV includes 12 finishes and a very creditable 25th place finish in last years record breaking Pokerstars Senior race, which also saw him lap at close to the 123 mph lap mark.
As unfortunately with lots of racers presently, it’s getting harder and harder for the respected Goodings to attract the necessary sponsorship to be able to compete at events such as the TT.
Although he’s planning to return to the TT, plus the Ulster GP and possibly the Southern 100, it’s all very much dependent upon whether enough funding is available.
Candidly speaking about this topic, he recently commented:
“I’ve entered the TT, but really struggling for sponsors this year and without sponsors the racing is going to be tough.
Might have to cut down my season and just do the TT and the odd road race, maybe the Ulster GP or the Southern 100. It’s not ideal but nothing I can control.”
Words by Stevie Rial