JAMIE COWARD 26

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

At 26, Jamie Coward is seven years fur­ther down the line of his road rac­ing ca­reer than Joey Thomp­son. Those ex­tra years of ded­i­ca­tion are be­gin­ning to bear fruit with a run of im­pres­sive speeds and re­sults at this year’s South­ern. Per­sonal best times in the 600cc and su­per­bike classes brought three podium fin­ishes in the big bike races and fourth place fin­ishes in both Su­pers­port events and the Solo cham­pi­onship race.

The Heb­den Bridge racer puts his break­through down to hav­ing a stronger team around him for 2017.

He said: “They have given me a good pack­age with the BMW S1000RR and me­chan­ics so that I don’t have to do all my own work like be­fore. That takes a lot of pres­sure away.”

Teams like Rad­cliffe’s, which run a butch­ery busi­ness based in Castle­town, are de­voted to road rac­ing, driven by a pas­sion for the sport. Un­like se­ries like the BSB cham­pi­onship, where money is every­thing and huge amounts are re­quired to re­main in con­tention, the roads scene can of­fer a more di­rect re­turn on the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment.

Coward added: “I can now con­cen­trate on my fit­ness preparation now that some­one else is work­ing on the bikes.

“I feel fit­ter, eat bet­ter and so when it came to do­ing seven laps out there to­day I was fine and felt like I could have done an­other seven laps.”

Like Thomp­son, Coward is a Scar­bor­ough reg­u­lar and his ninth place fin­ish in the 2017 Su­per­stock TT was his best big bike re­sult on the Moun­tain course to date. The York­shire­man has been around long enough to ap­pre­ci­ate he now has the plat­form he needs to break into what he re­ferred to as “un­known ter­ri­tory” at the South­ern.

He ex­plained: “I need to get go­ing with the guys at the front to get pulled along.”

Coward took three podiums at the South­ern and wants to chal­lenge top TT stars

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