Finishing sixth in Road Racing News top ten riders of the 2019 roads season is, Junior Classic TT winner Jamie Coward.
It’s been a quite stellar year on the roads for Hebden Bridge’s Coward, who has raised his stature ten fold within the pure roads scene throughout 2019.
On the pace across all classes at the North West 200, highlights of last May’s Triangle course action included a fine run to second in the opening Super Twins encounter, finishing just 0.579 behind race victor Stefano Bonetti.
Coward’s impressive turn of speed on the KTS Racing Kawasaki continued at TT 2019, setting the pace through practice week prior to securing a maiden TT rostrum finish in a thrilling Bennetts Lightweight race, placing second under two seconds behind SC Project Paton mounted Michael Dunlop.
Alongside the deserved first TT podium finish, a highly prodigious two week stint on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course also yielded four top eight finishes, which included finishing fifth within the second Monster Energy Supersport race.
Lead Yamaha runner across all 1000cc races, PreZ Racing supported Coward who also during TT 2019, lapped for the first at over the famous 130 mph lap mark, consistent run of accomplished display’s was more than enough to yield him the prestigious Privateers Championship title.
The strong form from TT 2019 carried onto the following month’s Southern 100, as PreZ Racing’s Coward secured five podium finishes, including close runner-up finishes in all three feature Supersport encounters to Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison.
Following the ‘Friendly Races’, attentions then turned towards the FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix. Completing the unique achievement of podiums at the ‘Big Three’ roads events, (North West 200/TT/Ulster GP), the TT Privateers Champion came agonisingly close to opening Super Twins race honours, placing third only 0.22 behind class winner Paul Jordan.
Outside of his third International roads podium finish of 2019, his latest Ulster GP tenure would also see him acquire a further five top six finishes, including a very creditable fifth place finish in the final Superbike race.
Although all the aforementioned achievements are impeccable racing feats, it’s fair to say the moment of the year for Coward was finally joining the Classic TT winners circle.
Third within the Senior class, the Junior race saw him and the Ted Woof/John Craven in perfect harmony on route to taking race honours.
Speaking at Motorcycle Live about at last taking a Classic TT victory, after various near misses, he candidly stated:
“From my experience of the past I love riding the classic bikes, It’s something I always enjoy going to, it’s nice and relaxed the bikes i’m riding might not look the best but the preparation that Ted & John have put in and then obviously Kraus Racing this year and with the Binch Racing team as well.
The bikes are immaculate, so I know I’ve got good bikes, it’s just down to me to do the job. The year’s been so good, so that was just the icing on the cake to get not so much for myself but more for John & Ted, they’ve put their faith and trust in me for what five years now and we finally did it, we’ve been there and there about’s every year nearly.
So to finally do it, there still made up, there still texting me every now and then, saying how’s the Junior Classic TT winner doing, asking me questions.”
Words by Stevie Rial