Sizzling James delivers victories in Post for Cookstown
Cookstown based McAdoo Racing had a terrific Saturday evening during the Post TT Races around the 4.25 mile Billown Circuit on the Isle of Man with their rider James Cowton scoring victories in the Supersport and Lightweight races before finishing second in the Superbike event, also setting a new Supersport lap record.
East Yorkshireman Cowton commented: "We had a few problems during the TT, changed a few things and it's good to get a couple of wins for Winston McAdoo and the Gortreagh Printing team. I'm now looking forward to the Southern 100 here in a month's time."
In the opening eight-lap Supersport race, Cowton and fellow Yorkshireman Jamie Coward fought tooth and nail throughout with Cowton setting a new lap record of 108.694mph on his final lap to hold off the Honda of Coward by seven tenths of a second. Such was their pace, the pair ended up over 50 seconds ahead of third placed Robert Wilson.
Cowton ran away with the Lightweight race, taking a decisive lead of 5.8secs at the end of the opening lap and stretching it to over 18 seconds at the chequered flag.
A three-way battle for second went to Dave Moffitt from Jonathan Perry and Anthony Redmond, less than a second covering the trio in the end.
Cowton led the opening two laps of a record-breaking Superbike race before William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club R1 Yamaha moved into the lead with a new lap record and Dunlop went even faster on lap four at 111.043mph to lead from Cowton and Coward.
Coward and the Radcliffe BMW lifted the lap record to 112.083mph on lap five to move into second but, a lap from the end at Ballabeg Hairpin, leader Dunlop got the worst of slower riders and was forced wide allowing Coward and Cowton through to finish first and second with Dunlop third some 20 seconds back in third when the chequered flag was unfurled.
Coward said: "I was comfortable following William around and knew I had it in me to beat him, but when he got tangled up with a backmarker he gifted me the win - lucky for some, unlucky for others."
William's view was: "I thought it was an easy pass, but got caught and had to let the brakes off and run wide. I just could not get the bike tipped in. I'm disappointed as I had done all the hard work to get into the lead."
Meanwhile, at Tandragee Motocross Park on Saturday, Lisburn's Richard Bird was in fine form taking two wins and a second for the overall victory in the Nutt Travel MX1 class.
Overall second was South African Neville Bradshaw following a fifth in race one, second in race two before winning the final leg.
In the Precision Project MX2 class, James Mackrell took the overall win by finishing second to Jordan Keogh in the opening race before winning the final two races from Keogh, who was second overall.
With the Maxxis British Motocross championship, round five, coming to Desertmartin this weekend the promoting Cookstown Club have announced a host of local sponsors without whom it would not take place.
These include Motorcycle Racing Association, 2&4 Wheel Motorsport Steering Group, Sport NI, Mid Ulster Council, Tobermore Concrete Products, NI Trucks Mallusk, Charles Hurst Motorcycles, Bavarian BMW.
Heading the entry this weekend is Graeme Irwin, who comes in to the round carrying the number 1 red plate as leader of the MX1 championship.
√ LEE Johnston is targeting a return from injury at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix in August.
Johnston broke his tailbone, three vertebrae and a finger and fractured his thumb after a horror crash in practice at the Isle of Man TT.
The incident happened at the fast Greeba Castle section of the course, with his Padgett's Honda Supersport machine bursting into flames.
Johnston was later discharged from Nobles Hospital on Wednesday to watch the racing.
"I'll be aiming to get back as soon as I can, hopefully in August at Dundrod," he said.