Welcome to the May 2021 Road Racing News Newsletter featuring, News Round-up, Spring Cup facts and Stats, Competition and Photos. 

Welcome to our May 2021 Newsletter.

We hope you are all well, some of the restrictions are easing, we wish everyone better days ahead.

We cannot wait to bring our supporters race reports with the most up to date news, as it happens  365 days a year about our great sport of 'Pure Road Racing'.

Hope you enjoy the newsletter, drop us a line and let us know!  And don't forget to enter our competition to win a new RRN gift.
All the very best from the Road Racing News Team 
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Our grateful thanks as always go to Jack Sowden of Sowden digital for all his dedication and attention to detail on our new website.
Road Racing News Round-up
Senior TT winner Dean Harrison will switch to using Dunlop tyres for future roads events with Silicone Engineering Racing.  Dean has been announced as a new Dunlop Ambassador.

HeatTech Racing have confirmed that they will have a three rider line up for the up and coming Oliver's Mount Spring Cup, running Dan Harrison, Matt Rees and Scarborough newcomer Thomas Maxwell.
Cowton Racing's Kawasaki steeds to be piloted by Dominic Herbertson, will sport a striking green, red and white colour scheme a the Spring Cup.

Confirmed Scarborough newcomers for the 2021 Bob Smith Spring Cup alongside the afore mentioned Thomas Maxwell include BE Racing's Michael Browne, Darryl Tweed, Wilson Craig Racing's Steve Smith and Chris Burns.  Also Dave Brook, Aberdare Park top three finisher James Evans. long term TT races competitor Eric Wilson and Southern 100 participant Neil Mason.

16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson will tackle this year's Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, piloting Edwards 1902 supported YZF R1 Yamaha machinery.

Fellow Yorkshireman Joe Thompson is set to make his British Superbike Championship Debut, competing for the NP Motorcycles BMW team.

Welshman Mark Purslow is hoping to make his IRRC racing debut, piloting S1000RR BMW, YZF R6 Yamaha mounts for 'Never Be Clever Racing.'

Unfortunately Imatranajo has dropped off the 2021 IRRC calendar due to problems arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.  The 2021 IRRC series is now set to get underway in July at the famous Belgian roads venue of Circuit De Chimay.

Words by Stevie Rial.

Photograph by Gary Howlett

19 Times International Road Race Winner Martin Eyeing
‘Race Of Legends’ Entry 

Armoy Road Races organisers have received a huge boost, with the announcement that 19 times International Road Race winner Guy Martin is hoping to be ‘Race of Legends’ bound in July.  

Three times an event winner, thrill seeker, TV personality Martin boasts an Armoy racing CV that additionally includes being the current second fastest racer, quickest English competitor in the event’s 12-year history.

As long as all goes to plan, the twice Senior TT runner-up latest Armoy tenure will see him as at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough last year focus on yesteryear Classics action.

Joining Martin in confirming an early interest in securing an entry for the returning ‘Race of Legends’ (30th-31st July) include the Trison McMullan Racing trio of Darryl Anderson, Ryan Fenton and 86 times Irish road race victor Barry Davidson.

2004 Senior Manx GP winner Davy Morgan, Team Dynamic Racing’s Sam Johnson, Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson and new HeatTech Racing signing, Driffield’s Dan Harrison.

Photo by Gary Howlett
*****Competition Time*****

This months question relates to the Bob Smith Spring Cup

When was the last Spring Cup held?

A)  2016
B)  2017
C)  2018

Please email your answers to

A winner will be picked at random and notified by email, thank-you and
Good Luck!
BMW's Maiden Spring Cup Triumph 

Thinking back to the 2015 Spring Cup National Road Races at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, the first thoughts in my mind alongside the freezing weather were surrounding BMW’s maiden success at North Yorkshire’s ‘Mini TT’ in the 2010’s.

Before the two day meet, it was announced that eight times Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup winner Guy Martin would be competing on the factory TAS Racing run Tyco BMW (in Superstock trim).
11 times Ulster GP victor Martin who featured on the official souvenir race guide, alongside his autograph kept a low profile in the Scarborough paddock, residing in his own designated area.
Once race action got underway, the TV personality, multi times world record breaker showed all of his renowned Scarborough prowess.

The opening Spring Cup A final race began with Ryan Farquhar getting the hole shot, as Martin slotted into third behind East Coast Racing’s Lee Johnston.

Come the completion of lap one, Martin was up to second and by lap two was steadily increasing pressure on seven times Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Farquhar.
Martin would hit the front on lap three and by lap four enjoyed a two and half seconds advantage over triple TT winner Farquhar.

Yet another 1000cc success at the Mount was completed in style on the fifth and final lap, as the fans favourite took the honours by just over three seconds.

Runner-up behind Dean Harrison within the opening Senior race, Martin’s quest to secure a third successive Spring Cup crown was made more tricky with inclement wet weather embarking upon Scarborough, for the second day of race action at the UK’s first real roads event of 2015
The second Spring Cup A final encounter would see the late great Daley Mathison take race honours, whilst Martin aboard the ultra powerful S1000RR BMW battled his way to fourth, which proved just enough to take overall Spring Cup victory ahead of future two times Lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin.

Martin’s Spring Cup success remains BMW’s last major triumph at England’s only active real roads course and given that their doesn’t seem much chance of 1000cc machines returning to Scarborough for the foreseeable future, this could prove the case for a long, long time.

Words by Stevie Rial.
2021 Events Calendar 

16th May Cain Road Race Durango
22nd-23rd May Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup
29th-30th May European Hill Climb Championship Round 1 – Passo Della Spino
5th-6th June Kopcany
19th-20th June Barry Sheene Classic
26th-27th June European Hill Climb Championship Round 2 – Isola Del Liri
2nd-4th July IRRC Imatranajo
3rd-4th July European Hill Climb Championship Round 3 – Boecurt La Caquerelle
23rd-25th July IRRC Chimay
30th-31st July Armoy Road Races
31st July-1st August Oliver’s Mount Festival
7th-8th August Aberdare Park Road Races
14th-15th August IRRC Horice
4th-5th September European Hill Climb Championship Round 4 – Julbach
4th-5th September IRRC Hengelo
10th-11th September Cookstown 100
12th-13th September Scarborough Gold Cup
18th-19th September IRRC Frohburg
30th-31st October Baja International Tourist Cup
18th-21st November Macau Grand Prix

Spring Cup Archive Photographs
by Road Racing News

Road Racing News Predictions 

May 22nd &23rd 2021 
Bob Smith Spring Cup
1 Lee Johnston
2 Dean Harrison
3 Davey Todd
4 Mike Norbury
5 Jim Hind
6 Paul Jordan
Supersport 600 A Race 1:
1 Lee Johnston
2 Dean Harrison
3 Dominic Herbertson
4 Jim Hind
5 Mike Norbury
6 Davey Todd

Supersport 600 A Race 2:
1 Dean Harrison
2 Lee Johnston
3 Davey Todd
4 Jim Hind
5 Rob Hodson
6 Paul Jordan
Super Twins A Race 1:
1 Jamie Coward
2 Jim Hind
3 Ian Lougher
4 Dominic Herbertson
5 Adam McLean
6 Rob Hodson

Super Twins A Race 2:
1 Jamie Coward
2 Jim Hind
3 Dominic Herbertson
4 Adam McLean
5 Ian Lougher
6 Rob Hodson

Shaun, Robbie, Steve, Sian & Hayley, working hard up at Oliver's Mount, getting things ready for the Spring Cup.
Keep up the great work!!
And also to all the volunteers and staff involved in organising racing at Oliver's Mount, a Huge Well Done.

Photographs copyright of RRN
New RRN Merchandise

Our new and exclusive products will be launched and for sale at the Bob Smith Spring Cup. 

The Road Racing News Shop will be in a new spot for the Spring Cup, top of Quarry Hill.

We cannot wait to see old and new supporters of                                                          Pure Road Racing.

Here is a sneaky preview of some of the new products, Cushions, Childrens TShirts, Coasters and our completely unique, road racing, hand crafted Signs!!  Lots more new products for sale this weekend.
Hope you like them!!

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The New products will be available in the website shop after the Spring Cup.
Our new Childrens Tshirts are being trialled at the Spring Cup.

A Huge shout out to Caroline from     
who has brought our designs to life. Excellent first class service, take a look at the website some great products for bikers. 

We will have more age groups to follow with different designs.
Road Racing News Podcast
Hope everyone is enjoying the Road Racing News podcast, we've completed to date forty episodes!

Were into our third season of the podcast and have covered since we first took on this project everything
pure road racing related, International road racer's exploits at short circuit/endurance/hill climb events, bamboozoler
quiz questions and a funny tale or two!

I'll be the first to admit were not broadcasting professionals! But we don't want to be, it's meant to mix humour, fun, roads news and
knowledge of the world's most exciting form of motorsport together, that's the main purpose.

To listen to our latest podcast episode or listen to any of the previous 39, follow the posted link.
Hope you have enjoyed reading our 2021May newsletter, on what is happening in the world of Pure Road Racing.

Next Newsletter we will hopefully have some 2021 racing photographs! 

Thanks for supporting Road Racing News, please pop by our stand at Oliver's Mount and say hello!  If Steve is around am sure he will take your photo and will show a montage of race fans in the next newsletter.

Stay safe - Team RRN.

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