I always keep an eye on those perhaps not most known racers, who are showing solid, strong, consistently good form at National, International roads events.
A prime case in point is improving Yorkshire roads exponent Dan Booth. Equipped for this season with his own squads 12 year old ZX6R Kawasaki, he caught the eye of astute roads scene aficionados following an array of impressive performances at the iconic road race circuit that is Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
Recording in total this year four top three finishes at Scarborough, I recently was able to gain the Tadcaster racer’s perspectives on a range of Scarborough themed topics beginning with a focus on how he feels he’s progressed around the Mount during 2020.
“I feel my progress could improve further as I haven’t had the track time of most due to a lack of money but I’m 90 percent happy with what I’ve achieved on a 12 year old bike.”
When asked the question; Is their any specific part of the 2.43 miles long Oliver’s Mount circuit, that you feel you have got spot on throughout the 2020 meetings?, Booth stated:
“I feel I have got the Esses and Farm Bends pretty much perfect as I gain a lot of time on the other riders through them sections. I certainly need to improve over the jumps though.”
Looking towards 2021 competition at England’s sole closed roads venue, Booth candidly revealed his main objectives:
“My main goal for next season would be to get the results I know I’m capable of. If I had the sponsorship and the backing I know I could be extremely competitive as I’ve proved in previous years.”
The final question that I asked the No.163 plate holder from Scarborough meetings this year, revolved around will he be sticking with his trusty current ZX6R Kawasaki mount?
“We are looking at either getting a newer bike or upgrading the ZX6R (Kawasaki) to compete with the newer bikes but as it stands at the moment it’s looking like we will just run the same and hope I can improve further with the kit I have.
It’s not easy on possibly the oldest bike at the races but I believe I can go quicker.”
Words by Stevie Rial