Road Racing News roads machine of the year award goes to, drum roll, Paton’s nimble, ultra competitive, TT winning S1-R steed.
Yes, it costs a lot of money, divides opinion with some competitors, is considered by some as not a true Super Twin, but one cannot deny it’s record on the roads in 2018.
Obviously we have to focus first of all on the mounts formidable performance on the Mountain Course, at TT 2018.
Five of the first six finishers within the Bennetts Lightweight race were S1-R Paton mounted, including class champion for the first time Michael Dunlop who set a blistering new class lap record of 122.750 mph.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Joining Dunlop on the rostrum was SC Project team mate Michael Rutter, who maintained his record of sealing at least a podium finish or better with Paton.
Multi North West 200 rostrum finisher Joe Thompson took the Mark Coverdale/Team ILR Paton to a very creditable fifth place finish, whilst placing’s 4th, 6th on the results sheet went respectively to Italian TT hero Stefano Bonetti and Welsh roads legend Ian Lougher.
Outside of TT 2018 and the North West 200, additional meets to yield first rate results for Paton included action at Frohburger Dreieck in Germany, as Stefano Bonetti reigned supreme in the Super Twin encounters.
York’s Joe Thompson took the Twin race spoils at the Post TT Races, whilst July’s Southern 100 also saw the next gen roads star excel and some, clinching back to back third place finishes, plus setting a new class lap record.
August would also provide more tumultuous moments for Paton. A podium finish at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix courtesy of Ian Lougher, plus James Chawke’s record breaking, rostrum finishing performances at the Manx Grand Prix, showcased further the quality, performance of the now well lauded S1-R steed.
Looking towards 2019, whilst competition may get tougher for Paton, they are no question the yard sticks at present within the Super Twins class, that was dominated for so long by Kawasaki’s well decorated ER6 Kawasaki mount.
Words by Stevie Rial