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Scarborough Gold Cup Preview – Part 2 – 650 Super Twin Races

The nimble, great handling Super Twin machines consistently produce top class competition at Scarborough and expect no different at the weekend as a host of prominent 650 specialists, TT winners, leading new wave roads talents do battle for class honours.

Dominant within the Lightweight encounters of the Barry Sheene Classic, Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward starts for many the prime favourite for class spoils.

12 times a race winner at Oliver’s Mount, he’s going to take some stopping next week as he pilots the ultra potent KTS Racing Kawasaki steed.

Welsh roads legend Ian Lougher latest Gold Cup venture sees him pilot the ultra-competitive, proven Team ILR with Mark Coverdale S1-R Paton.

Although now considered a racing veteran, underestimate the 10 times TT winner at your peril, he still has the hunger, desire to acquire more first-class results.

Team mate Jim Hind four times a race winner at the Barry Sheene Classic, as showed last month is already a dab hand around the Mount and is widely tipped as a dark horse for race wins.

Same notion applies to Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson. The ebullient Herbertson has gone from strength to strength at recent Scarborough meeting’s, in particular starring within 650 Twin battles.

More than capable of scooping next week class honours, the 2018 Junior Classic TT winner knows the opposition will be of world class quality.

Three times Lightweight TT winner’s RC Express Racing (Dafabet Devitt Racing) have a formidable line-up with Southern 100 front runner, 2015 Super Twins Manx GP Champion Rob Hodson joined by none other than outright Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough lap record holder Dean Harrison.

Although it’s been a while since he last jockeyed 650cc machinery, you can never discount someone of Harrison’s calibre, interesting times ahead!

Photo by Gary Howlett

Additional ones to watch within the Twins category include VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars, the Wirral’s Max Dixon, Julian Tillotson, Oliver’s Mount specialist’s Keith Pringle, Rodger Wibberley (Team York Suzuki).

Photo by Gary Howlett

2015 Lightweight Manx GP winner Mark Purslow, Thundersport GB regular Roddy Taylor, Oliver Dean, CF Moto mounted Dave Hewson, McKinstry Racing’s Dan Ingham, Gary Broughton, Jack Fowler and Craig Robertson (Living The Dream Racing/Meala Racing Development/CMR Performance).

Scarborough debutants aiming to give good accounts of their selves include Andy Hoare (Living The Dream Racing/Meala Racing Development).

All that’s left to say is roll on next week’s race action, as competitors battle it out for 650cc Super Twin victory spoils at the unique, fabled, illustrious, iconic road race circuit that is Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.

Words by Stevie Rial

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