Judging from certain coverage in print and on TV, you’d be forgiven for thinking the same household, established names were to the fore at the North West 200.
The reality is though that next generation, rising talents a plenty aged between 25-33 lit-up this year’s North West proving that the future of the most exciting form of motorsport is in good hands.
Davey Todd it’s fair to say surprised lots of media pundits with his striking performances.
Now the fourth fastest racer in NW200 history, he heads into this month’s TT Races in excellent form.
It wasn’t just Todd who excelled last week on the coast roads, the likes of Sam West, Craig Neve, Adam McLean, the UK’s sole IRRC representative Mark Purslow.
BSB points finisher Carl Phillips, Joey Thompson, WH Racing’s Julian Trummer, Nathan Harrison, fastest newcomer Michael Evans all showcased their skills set.
So did fellow new wave roads scene exponents Dominic Herbertson, 2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke, Wigan’s Josh Daley.
PreZ Racing’s Paul Jordan, KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Jamie Coward, IRRC Supersport Championship leader Jorn Hamberg, Super Twins race 2 winner Joe Loughlin, I could expand further.
It’s vital for pure road racing’s growth that new talents regularly emerge.
As showcased at the returning North West 200, this is building nicely and this is without mentioning TT bound racers such as:
Jim Hind, Thomas Maxwell, Stephen Parsons and prospective Mountain Course newcomers Milo Ward and Jamie Cringle.
Photo credit: Tommy Vennard
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou