Revs are up for first road race meeting of 2014 at Oliver’s Mount

James Neesom in action
James Neesom in action
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It will be revs up in Scarborough this weekend as the road racing season gets underway at the reknowned Oliver’s Mount circuit.

Some of the sport’s biggest names will be lining up on the grid for what promises to be an action packed day’s racing.

The Ian Watson Spring Road Races meeting is the first one in the 2014 Auto 66 Club calendar with both established and upcoming local riders fancying their chances of a podium place.

Engineer James Neesom, from Hunmanby, is embarking on his third full season in road racing and after a successful circuit test last weekend is hoping to do well on his Kawasaki 650, which replaces last year’s bikes - a Triumph Daytona and a Suzuki GSXR.

He told The Scarborough News: “Testing was really good but I am looking forward to getting stuck back in. It is alright doing circuit work but it is the first road race and good to get it under the belt and start the year. This is what everything builds up to.

Driffield-based rider James Cowton will be racing three bikes over the weekend, a 650 Kawasaki, 600 Honda and a Moto Honda CBR, which will take him into all of the six main classes barring sidecars.

At the age of 22 he already has five years worth of racing behind him but is tipped to be one to watch for the future.

The last time he was at Oliver’s for the Gold Cup he found himself on the podium alongside road racing gold, Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop.

James said: “ I will try and give them a run for their money. But I never set a target.

“It is no good saying ‘I will win that’ because things that you can’t control might happen. I will just do the best I can.

“I do prefer roads. I can feel where I am a lot better with hedges and walls next to me rather than gravel traps. I am looking forward to it.

“Scarborough is one of my favourite circuits and there is a lot of history here for my family.”

Guy Martin, William Dunlop and last year’s Cock O’ The North winner Dean Harrison will also be on the grid.