Finishing sixth in Road Racing News top ten riders of the 2018 roads season is, second fastest newcomer in TT history Davey Todd.
What a year it’s been for next generation roads star Todd. Pretty much the quickest newcomer at every event he’s competed at, he’s established himself as no question a future multiple times International Road Race winner.
Joining forces for 2018 with John Burrows, highly respected, vastly successful Cookstown BE Racing outfit, expectations prior to this season were high that the Brotton racer could continue the strong progress, impressive pace that he showed towards the end of the 2017 roads season.
Following accomplished performances a plenty at the Cookstown 100, Tandragee 100 meetings, his maiden North West 200 stint saw him scoop the lead newcomer title, following an array of impressive rides including a very respectable 13th place finish within the feature Superbike race.
Attentions then turned to TT 2018, as he sampled for the first time, the fabled Mountain Course. Following a productive practice week, race week saw him excel, amaze, excite, thrill hundreds of astute roads aficionados.
16th in the RST Superbike race, a top ten finish would follow in the record breaking Royal London 360 Quantum Superstock race, finishing just over six seconds behind established International roads contender Martin Jessopp.
The remainder of race week would yield another top 12 placing within the second Monster Energy Supersport encounter, whilst the blue riband event the six lap Pokerstars Senior race saw him on his way to an impressive ninth place finish, which secured the prestigious Privateers Championship crown, set a new personal best lap speed of 128.379 mph.
Following his widely lauded TT exploits, the rest of the 2018 roads season provided loads more positive moments, including multiple podium finishes from his respective first forays into competition at Walderstown and Faugheen.
Back on the Isle of Man in July, for the Southern 100, he looked just as at home on the popular Billown course, as he did on it’s big brother the Mountain Course.
Runner up within the Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000 race, the feature nine lap Solo Championship race saw Todd produce another high quality, tenacious, faultless performance aboard the Cookstown BE Racing Suzuki to finish an excellent third.
You couldn’t but not be impressed with him as at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix. Fourth, fifth within the opening Supersport, Super Twin races, the unfortunately red flagged Superstock encounter on race day at Dundrod, saw him finish a fine fourth along the way lapping at over the 132 mph lap mark.
Although his second Ulster GP campaign ended following a high speed incident during the feature Superbike race, there was no denying that he was steadily establishing himself amongst the highest echelon of pure road racing.
September saw him produce an eye catching Frohburger Dreieck debut, finishing second in the penultimate IRRC Superbike race of the season, plus claiming open Superbike race victory, holding off the challenge of local hero, German IRRC legend Didier Grams.
Recently lead newcomer within this months Macau Grand Prix, it’s been a quite brilliant first full season of pure road racing for the highly rated Todd, who’s not short of offers for the 2019 season.
Words by Stevie Rial