Bikes: Simpson hoping for another triumphant clean sweep
Antrim’s John Simpson will be back in the colours of Splitlath Redmond Racing this coming weekend at Aberdare Park Road Races, where he will look to repeat the clean sweep he performed in the 600cc class just 12 months ago.
The 21-year-old, who has been campaigning his 675 Triumph in the European Superstock Championship this term, will bring his trusty steed to the Welsh venue for the two-day meeting on Saturday and Sunday, and he’s excited at the prospect.
“I absolutely love Aberdare Park, it’s my favourite track and they are my favourite races of the year,” he said.
“It’s a great little circuit, short and technical, and it really suits my riding style. This will be my third year and I’m going there looking to do even better than last, when I won the 600cc races and set a new lap record. This time I want to win the Welsh Open as well. That’s the big one I’ve yet to master so that’s what my main focus is going to be on.”
The Splitlath team is co-owned by UK businessman John Dimbylow and former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond.
The 1988 and ’92, 400-metre relay Olympian will ride the team’s British Superbike Aprilia RSV4, normally campaigned by Toome’s John Laverty, in the parade lap.
Redmond’s leathers will sport the British Olympic team livery, the brainchild of world-famous designer Stella McCartney, and his riding number  will reflect his Olympic discipline.
Redmond said: “I believe John is one of the best young talents around. He’s fast on the short circuits and he has a natural ability for the roads, and his enthusiasm and drive is second to none. This is the first of a few events we have lined-up with him this year and hopefully the start of an exciting new road racing partnership.”