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Scarborough Gold Cup Preview – Part 1 – Superbike Races

A high quality two days of superbike competition is guaranteed, at the 2015 Scarborough Gold Cup.

Mar Train Racing’s Dean Harrison has had a mixed season, with main highlights been 500 classic TT victory, Barry Sheene trophy victory and winning second supersport race at Southern 100.

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The second fastest rider in history around Oliver’s Mount, has the proven talent to push for blue riband race win, on Mar Train Racing YZF R1M Yamaha.

Dean will be aiming to end what has been a tough season at times, in style, with series of victories on the all new YZF R1M Yamaha.

Ulster Grand Prix hat trick hero Lee Johnston, goes into the meeting as one of the prime contenders for gold cup victory.

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Piloting East Coast Racing S1000RR BMW, which propelled him to superstock victories at North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, general Lee has without a doubt been one of riders of the season.

He’s recorded so far this year four international road race victories, can he make five with Steve Henshaw international gold cup victory? of course he can, but the competition is immense.

Reigning Steve Henshaw international gold cup winner Ivan Lintin, has been in fine form all season on RC Express Racing Kawasaki’s.

The lightweight TT winner, is tipped by many to regain the gold cup title which he sealed in 2014 following a top class display around the mount.

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Ivan is set to lead the Kawasaki challenge at the iconic meeting, whilst Honda’s challenge is lead by TT legends John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey.

It’s been a memorable year for the pure road racing greats, who have in 2015 clinched superbike and senior TT wins, Dundrod 150 superbike victory, and feature superbike race win at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Piloting EMC2 and Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade’s, they both have the star quality to chalk up gold cup triumph.

Duke Road Race Rankings championship leader William Dunlop, goes into the gold cup, in top form following strong string of results at Killalane.

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Competing on Ivan Curran/CD Racing YZF R6 Yamaha, William is another contender for results of the highest quality.

2014 Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton, has proved again this year, why many people regard him as a TT winner in the making.

An Oliver’s Mount specialist, James cannot be discounted from sealing top three finish in gold cup.

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Same applies to Daley Mathison, who looks set to lead Suzuki’s challenge, on Hol Taj backed GSX-R 1000 Suzuki.

Daley recently finished a highly creditable ninth in second superbike race at Ulster Grand Prix, and is confident of securing more top class results at the weekend around the mount.

ILR/Downshift Motorsport’s Dan Hegarty, Jamie Coward, Mark Goodings and Mick Goodings, all have the ability to acquire world class results.

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Junior Manx Grand Prix winner Billy Redmayne, sixth place finisher in senior Manx Grand Prix Tom Weeden, Rhys Hardisty, Darren Cooper add more quality to the entry.

As do Rodger Wibberley, Keith Pringle, Paul Gartland, Trickbits FBM Performance backed Jay Bellers Smith, Marc Coggon, Paul Owen and Kiaran Hankin.

Leading newcomers entered include TT privateers champion Dan Cooper, who’s Oliver’s Mount debut will be watched closely by many.

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11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop, is a potential entrant to the gold cup, on his own teams S1000RR BMW.

Although still not a confirmed starter for the meeting, Michael’s entry would add a further touch of star quality, to an already world class line up.

In the last five years we’ve seen five different winners of the Steve Henshaw international gold cup.

Ian Hutchinson, Ryan Farquhar, Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Ivan Lintin, a sixth different winner?

Time will tell, but one things for sure, world class pure road racing, will be seen at the weekend, at one of the most iconic road race circuit’s in the world, Oliver’s Mount.

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