Neesom shines on home track

James Neesom

James Neesom

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Local lad James Neesom was the only one left representing the area in the main race at Oliver’s Mount on Sunday.

And he didn’t disappoint as he came seventh on his Triumph 675 in the Gold Cup race at the Steve Henshaw International Road Races with heavy rain making for awful racing conditions.

Dean Harrison may have won the Gold Cup from the legendary Guy Martin, but 22-year-old Hunmanby racer Neesom managed to keep the pace with the 1,000cc bikes in front of him.

Whitby rider, Justin Waring didn’t take to the starting grid after a massive crash during the previous day’s racing which landed him in the trees around the circuit and subsequently in hospital with back and leg injuries.

Starting on the third row, Neesom was capitalising on a good outing at the Manx Grand Prix at the end of August where he came third in the newcomers class and blitzed speeds of up to 159mph.

He told the Scarborough News it gave him the confidence to kick on at a race he hasn’t competed in before and where he was up against some of the best in the business.

He said: “Loads of the lads jumped off. Visibility was horrendous. It was wet and slippery out there but the scariest part was not being able to see to be quite honest.

“It is all about keeping it smooth. There was one moment at the cafe, I braked too late and thought I was going to be off.”

He also took part in the David Jefferies 600cc class on the Triumph and switched to a Kawasaki 650 for the Supertwin round.

Helped out by fellow racer in the Gold Cup, Keith Pringle, Neesom who started racing three years ago, is chipping away.

He added: “I am dead chuffed, it was good. I have mixed it up with the 1000s and I am on a 600cc.

“It’s the first time I have done this race because I didn’t qualify for it last year. It is just bit by bit. I don’t want to rush anything and end up with an injury. I am only 22.

“I will just see how I go but the TT is my dream and I can’t ask for any more than that.”