Saturday, Sunday’s competition at the opening Anglesey based Wirral 100 meeting of 2019, saw a host of accomplished, leading International roads exponents show strong form including PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward.
Hebden Bridge’s Coward having his first race outing aboard the brand new Prez Racing YZF R1M Yamaha, banked back to back Powerbikes Pre & Post 2009 class victories.
Leaving Anglesey confident about the potential of his 1000cc steed for TT 2019, the twice TT Privateers Championship runner up stated via Twitter:
“Great weekend at Anglesey Circuit with Wirral 100 Motor Club. Riding the PreZ Racing R1 working on a few things after the trip to Spain.
Test day Saturday, races today 1 signature gained four the Mountain Course license. Took both race wins, was a nice feeling, feeling good on the bike now. Looking forward to next spin out.”
Others alongside Coward to show accomplished pace at Anglesey included Bishop Castle’s Barry Furber. Piloting his own teams Kawasaki, Honda steeds, he claimed a series of very creditable results, banking three top 12 finishes, plus finishing no lower than 15th in all the races he contested.
Photo by Steve Snelling
Fellow esteemed Mountain Course exponent Dave Hewson secured a hat trick of top ten finishes, 2009 TT XGP champion Rob Barber, rising Manx GP star Stephen Smith also claimed respectable results, whilst reigning Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke, hugely impressed on his way to gaining three rostrum finishes.
Added pure road racers competing on Welsh shores on Saturday and Sunday, included Emmett Burke and prominent Classic TT, yesteryear machinery specialists Hefyn Owen, Will Loder and Bill Swallow.
We mustn’t forget as well the prominent list of three wheeling TT stars who sampled the fast, flowing, technical Anglesey course, which included Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney, the Ramsden’s Steve & Matty, and Alan Founds/Jake Lowther.
Words by Stevie Rial