Neesom’s looking for festival improvement

James Neesom in action at Oliver's Mount
James Neesom in action at Oliver's Mount

Scarborough’s own bike ace James Neesom will be returning to road racing this weekend after a successful stint at circuit racing.

Neesom will be out in force for the Barry Sheene Road Racing Festival which takes place at Oliver’s Mount on Saturday and Sunday.

He will be riding his 650cc in the super lightweight, modern machines and modern senior classes.

He is hoping to get some more track time after broken down bikes mean he has had an on and off start to the road racing season.

Neesom, sponsored by Centurion Windows, told The Scarborough News: “I did alright last year but I fell off when I was in the lead but it is a good meeting this one.

“It is always nice to be at your home circuit and it’s just down the road.”

His other two bikes are being worked on and should be up and running in time for the meeting of the year at Oliver’s which is the Cock O’ The North in July.

However, in between meetings in Ireland, Neesom has been making his name known on the circuits as well as roads.

Last month he made his debut in the Thundersport rounds which is the level below British Super Bikes.

At Snetterton he impressed in two races, starting 24th on the grid and pushing his way through the pack to finish 14th and in his second race qualified 24th and finished 15th.

Using the experience, he capitalised on this at another round at Cadwell over the May bank holiday and took a tenth place - just four seconds off the winning pace and a 16th.

He said: “It is a good level to be racing at and it was very interesting.

“I have not ridden at Cadwell for a year and I was beating my best time by eight seconds a lap so I have really improved.

“I didn’t expect that at all, I just seem to be getting on really well with the bike.

“I am looking to do more of that and it is extra time on the bike.

“I had a late start with the bike blowing up at Oliver’s last time but it should come together.”