Neesom plans Mount charge

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Local rider James Neesom hailed this weekend’s race meet at his home circuit a success and is hoping he can push on in time for the next round at Oliver’s Mount in September.

James, also celebrating his 22nd birthday today (Thursday), managed to take two seconds a lap off his times over the weekend seeing him qualify for the main event of the day - the prestigious Cock O’ The North race.

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It was won convincingly by Bradford based rider Dean Harrison who started from the pole position on his Kawasaki 1000 ZX10R.

By the end of lap one he had taken the lead and held it throughout the eight lap race, increasing the distance between himself and second place each time he went around the two and a half mile course.

Harrison, part of the Stewart Smith racing team, had an unstoppable eight second lead by the time he started out on the last of the race’s eight laps.

The battle for second was won by Irish rider Jamie Hamilton while Scunthorpe’s Daniel Frear followed him over the line.

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Neesom, an engineer from Seamer, rode home in 17th place, one minute and 14 seconds behind Harrison, but told the Scarborough News he was happy with his ride on the Triumph Daytona 675 he has only started racing on this year.

Recording a best lap speed of 77 mph and a best lap time of 1m 53.5 sec Neesom managed to take a full two seconds off his lap times over the weekend.

He said: “I was over the moon when in the first practice on Saturday I was down to my best times but as the weekend went on it saw me improve by two seconds a lap.

“I was chuffed to get into all the main races and I’m more than certain there is more to come at the Gold Cup in September.

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“It is only my sixth time there and only half way through my third year of racing.”

After a busy year of racing which has seen Neesom take a fifth place at the Southern 100 and a closely fought second place on his supertwin he is now looking forward to a first appearance at the Manx GP next month taking him one step closer to a dream appearance at the ultimate road race - the Isle of Mann TT.

There was success for Whitby rider, Justin Waring in the second leg of the Ultra Lightweight class.

He came second on his Honda RS 250 to Chris Palmer who had a start to finish lead finishing 8.8 seconds clear of Waring.

Also in that race was local business studies student, Nick Anderson on his Kawasaki ZXR 400 finishing fourth overall.

He also turned out in the supertwins/minitwins race with Ivan Lintin taking the victory on his Kawasaki ER6 650.

Anderson crossed the line in 15th having managed to pick up some places in his six laps, recording a best laptime of two minutes, two seconds.

After the day’s racing he said: “The bike is a bit slow really for the twins but it is only my second time here.

“It is quite hard on your arms but if you are following someone else it takes the tension away from the steering and I got my times back by two and a half seconds.”

It was an early ride home for Tony Flinton who had been set to compete in the Formula 400 Ultra Lightweight but a mechanical failure in the warm up session ended his day’s racing before it had begun.