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Spring Cup National Road Races – Preview Part 1 – Solo Classes

After a long winter, with the international roads events just weeks away, multiple riders including TT winners, rising stars, up and coming stars to name but a few will be gaining valuable track time this weekend at the Spring Cup National Road Races at Scarborough.

With 50 wins to his name now at Oliver’s Mount, Bradford’s Dean Harrison will start as the one they all have to beat, as he pilots the turquoise blue, green and white liveried Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s.

A winner of pretty much every major race at the North Yorkshire based roads circuit, Dean is just missing one prestigious trophy, to his almost full CV of Scarborough titles, the Bob Smith Spring Cup.

It’s fair to say many are expecting this weekend the 2014 Lightweight TT winner, to claim the Spring Cup title for the first time.

It won’t be an easy task though for the reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion, who despite his absolute mastery of the mount, knows there are multiple riders waiting in the wings, ready to step up to battle for race wins.

One of these competitors, is two times Lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin. Remaining in the RC Express Racing fold for the third successive season, Ivan’s stature within the pure roads world, has grown rapidly in recent years.

Competing this weekend aboard high spec Kawasaki machinery, he’s a prime contender for multiple race wins in the Supersport, Superbike classes and in particular in the Super Twins class!

New to the Top Gun Racing fold, reigning Bob Spring Cup champion Dan Hegarty, has proven over the last two years, that he is a high quality Scarborough specialist.

The current TT Privateers champion, is quietly confident of contending for Superbike/Supersport victories. Expect him as well in my opinion to lead the Honda challenge, on Saturday and Sunday aboard his newly acquired ex Conor Cummins Honda Racing Fireblade.

Senior Manx GP winner Tom Weeden is definitely one to watch on his own teams 675 Daytona Triumph, plus his newly acquired CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

At home around the mount, he has the capabilities, plus raw talent to spring a surprise or two.

Same notion applies to Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward, who this season has arguably his best stable of machinery to date, with a high spec S1000RR BMW alongside an ex Gino Rea World Supersport CBR 600 Honda.

Lots of attention will also be on McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton on his own teams 600 Honda and ER6 Kawasaki.

Added quality to the 1000cc, 600cc, 650cc and 250cc fields are added by Team ILR’s Joe Thompson, Phil Harvey, Paul Owen, Mark Goodings, Daley Mathison, Brad Vicars, Gavin Lupton, ECTA Racing’s Mark Purslow, Owen Graves, Michael Russell, France’s Nicolas Pautet, Wayne Humble and Barry Furber.

Whilst prominent Mount specialists entered include Phil Stead, Mick Goodings, Rodger Wibberley, Adrian Harrison, Callum Ward, Darren Cooper, Scarborough’s Nick Anderson and Mike Norbury.

There is also a touch of Moto 3 machinery within the entry, courtesy of none other than roads legend Ian Lougher on his NSF 250 Honda.

Joining him on Moto 3 steeds are Whitby’s Justin Waring who is Kalex mounted, and Adrian Skaife holder of the number 45 plate.

Anticipated leading 400 and Classic Superbike challengers include Alistair Haworth, Team York Suzuki’s Peter Boast and Graham Turnbull Yamaha backed David Bell.

You can guarantee, close fought, drama filled races this weekend, at the Spring Cup National Road Races at one of pure road racing’s most prestigious and highly regarded courses, Oliver’s Mount.

Roll on race action!

Words by Stevie Rial

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